Start Dates for Schools in Georgia

School has been starting earlier and earlier for students in the past few years, so much so that it's gotten the attention of lawmakers in the Peach State.

It's almost a month into the new school year, but for students there's a question that's lingered since the first day of classes: why is school starting so early?

Seth Womble, a junior, says, "I remember last year we got in the second week in August. Now we are getting back the first week in August, leaving at the same time. It's nice to have a good two-and-a-half-month period, you can just relax. Now it's been shortened to two months and a week."

Joycelyn Jackson, a senior, adds, "It's cutting in with a lot of family get togethers. If you start school real early you can't go to family reunions."

The principal of Thomasville High says he remembers when school traditionally started after Labor Day. Doors opened August 2 this year.

Tom McCall, Principal of Thomasville High School, says, "That is earlier, but I think we get out May 20th, that's our last day, so we start early, you get out earlier."

Some Georgia lawmakers want to push back the start date sighting complaints from parents and teachers on how early school began this year, but not all teachers are complaining.

Teacher Jeremy Ryan says, "I don't think starting earlier is problem, it may help students as far as academics goes. It gives them more time to absorb what we're giving them."

McCall says he's willing to make any adjustments that lawmakers may vote on because any way you slice it, students will still get a full 180 days of education. Some lawmakers are pushing for starting school at least one week later, if not more, but that would mean students may have to end the school year later to make up for it.


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