It was almost inevitable that the first week of the
2013-2014 school year would have been a strange one.
Starting with Labor Day, a federal holiday, on Monday and progressing to the start of Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday evening, the calendar’s first full week of September would have been eventful enough even without the start of a school year in the mix. But that’s what’s happening here in Concord, and many surrounding towns.
If the Friday start seems strange, consider the day on, day off, day on schedule adopted by some other area districts, including Lexington, where students had a full day this past Wednesday, took Thursday off, and will return for their second day of school tomorrow.
While the 2013-2014 school year starts this Friday for the majority of students, most newcomers – both teachers and students – have already become acquainted with new surroundings.
Professional development was held Sept. 3 and Sept. 4. New teacher orientation and Grade 6 tours were held in late August, and freshmen orientation took place Sept. 4.
Even with all of that in mind, folks are still going to have their own opinions about a Friday start to the school year. And, of course, we want to hear them.
So Tell Us: What do you think of the Concord schools' decision to start the 2013-2014 school year on a Friday?
Will/Would you send your kids to school for the first day, or would you rather extending the vacation for another week even if it means skipping the first day of school?