After just seven weeks, summer for kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District is nearly over. When I heard that summer was going to be three weeks shorter this year I was the first one to cheer. Then I realized I was the only one cheering. Most of the parents I know were very upset that the Los Angeles Unified School District changed its calendar and shortened summer. School starts on Tuesday and now that it’s upon us, it feels way too soon.
Last year school started mid-September. This is the first year students in the second largest school district in the country will be going back to school before Labor Day, on Aug. 14. The reason for this is so students can finish the semester before the end of winter break, which is 3 weeks long. The last day of school is scheduled for May 31st.
I think part of the reason it seems too soon is because it is just now starting to feel like summer. The gloom and fog are gone in the mornings and afternoons and it’s just plain hot; too hot to be in a building classroom or a portable. According to the LA Daily News, LAUSD staff is working this week to make sure air conditioning units are working.
Whether parents like it or not, school will be starting next week. In my family we’ve been back to school shopping and getting ready to get back into the school routine. I’m not looking forward to it, but my kids don’t seem to mind. When I told my soon-to-be first grader that I couldn’t believe school was starting so soon, he said “I know,” he said. “It’s so exciting!”
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles.