Based on that same theory, would it really matter which 180 of the 365 days in the year children went to school? Would it matter whether they started in early August or, like they used to, after Labor Day, the first Monday in September?
Apparently it means something to the Glynn County Public School System and to other public school systems in the state. Most now start the year within the first or second week of August, once a prime summer vacation month.
It also apparently means something to the tourism industry, as well as to the number of jobs and amount of sales tax and bed tax generated in communities where visitors contribute significantly to the local economy. That includes Glynn County, where thousands of guests flock to the shores during the broiling weeks of August.
Our own school system prefers an early start so it can complete the first semester before the students start Christmas break in December. Is there another way this can be achieved without starting back as early as Aug. 8, this year’s go-back date? How about returning to the standard two-day Thanksgiving break in November instead of taking off the whole week like the school system plans to do this year? Certainly there are adjustments that can be made to the school calendar to accomplish a first semester December completion date without making August almost a full month of school.
Yes, this sounds like a broken record, but what in the world is wrong with taking off summers, enjoying the season, creating jobs and generating tax dollars for our community and public school system? The sales tax in Glynn County is 6 percent, 1 percent of which goes to roll back property taxes in the city and county and another 1 percent which goes to build new schools and improve school facilities.
This state and nation did just fine — better than fine, in fact — when children returned to school after Labor Day. It produced students who grew up to build a nation with the know-how and capability of repelling dark forces bent on world domination during World War II and which has been — and hopefully will continue to be — an international leader.
School boards and the state legislature should study the pros and cons of early school starts and put an end to this debate, a credible end, once and for all.