Today I made my annual summer calendar. It's 14 weeks (today through Labor Day) of final exams, camps, vacations, appointments, fishing trips, yard work days, beach days, etc., all hand written and crammed onto one piece of notebook paper. You'd think I'd have the whole thing computerized by now, but I normally write it all out while sitting outside in the sun, swatting blackflies.
This evening, I showed my daughters the calendar and they wanted to know when the first day of school will be next fall. Labor day falls on Monday, September 7 this year, so we all assumed (and hoped) school wouldn't begin until the 8th.
But when I checked the district website, it shows that school will start on Monday, August 31.
Then this conversation with my husband ensued:
Me: I don't believe it!
Me: School starts in August this fall. August!
Him: You're kidding me.
Me: No, it says so right here on the district website.
Him: (after a moment of silence) Wow, they really don’t like kids in this state, do they?
So it would seem.
C'mon, Maine - give the kids a break. Summer is so short, and you already have them through more than half of the month of June.
Let's hear it for a petition to make a law that NO school can start before Labor Day. And while we're at it, they all should be out of school in the Spring by Memorial Day.
Too bad I'm not in charge.
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