With the school year coming to a close, the thought of the 2019-2020 academic school year is not within reach. It’s all about finishing up final assignments, graduation, and counting down the days until summer. In the summer of 2018, the news of the next school year starting on August 28th instead of the day after labor day, as it has years before, came as a shock to many students, parents, and staff. Followed by criticism and disappointment a massive majority were not looking forward to starting the school year in the middle of the summer. As predicted, the school year started off with many complications such as a many half-days due to heat waves which disrupted the routine of many schools. Due to the lack of air conditioning in many school buildings, rather than starting off fresh students started off sweaty.
The School District of Philadelphia not only heard but witnessed the mistake of switching up the schedule. Which is why, the 2019-2020 academic school year is going back to it’s usual start time, September 3rd. Compared to last year, this news has been met with positive feedback. Franklin Learning Center dean and AP United States History teacher Mrs. Krakauskas states, “I think that it’s a wise idea that we’re going back to September.”
She believes the slow start of the 2018-2019 school year can be blamed on the early start, “starting two weeks earlier has really made it challenging… not just the teachers but also the students because things are coming sooner than were used to… going back to September is what it should be.”
Jennifer Rojas-Sandoval‘ 20 agrees, “it’s good that schools are getting back to their regular starting dates, because there [were] lots of inconveniences with this last summer’s starting date. I’m glad that schools are starting in September because that means more break time to hang out with friends who work hard throughout the year.”
The only downside to starting in September is that the last day of school will be later. As of now the future for the 2019-2020 academic school is too far away to see, but what is certain is the feeling of relief and happiness that students, staff, and family members will feel with the schedule going back to normal.