I was in a local classroom this week that was noticeably–though not yet unbearably–hot by 10:30 am, and quite frankly, I’m not sure how much is being accomplished in classrooms without air conditioning around the district.
So this might be a week that the tourism industry may have more sympathy on the school start date issue than usual. But it is a long time until the upcoming legislative session, where school start date rules are likely to be an issue again after the State Board of Education failed to move forward on proposed rule changes that would have limited school start date waivers.
Heat notwithstanding, I still come down in favor of local control of school start dates.
Schools serve communities and the school calendar ought to reflect the rhythms of the community. It makes sense to have calendars that match up with local colleges (especially as more kids use the PSEO option), athletic,and other school activity calendars, and local events.