Say goodbye to saying goodbye to three weeks of winter break vacation
February 16, 2017
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The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) voted to reverse its foolish decision of beginning the 2017-2018 school year on Aug. 22 back to the traditional schedule.
Instead of undergoing an unnecessary schedule change, the 2017-2018 year will continue to begin three weeks before Veterans day. If the district’s initial plan had gone through, students would have their Thanksgiving breaks reduced to two days and their winter breaks cut down to two weeks.
The school board’s original decision to implement a later start date came from the district hoping to save money by reducing air conditioning costs. Starting the school year later on in the year would remove the urge to turn on the air conditioning, in turn saving the district money.
The intentions behind the district’s plan were smart and conservative but attempting to change the schedules of over 650,000 students without viral backlash is an unrealistic feat.
The announcement of the original schedule change had sparked major outrage among LAUSD students. Changing the starting and end date of the school year would interfere with the plans of both students and families who may or may not have already scheduled their yearly vacations.
The school district’s return to the traditional schedule will save them from receiving a negative response from students since a majority don’t want their Thanksgiving or winter break shortened. The choice of choosing money over heavy criticism is a bad trade off especially when students can choose whether or not they want to enroll in LAUSD schools.
The decision to return to the old schedule is a relief to many students as the original schedule was something that nearly everyone was used to. The school board has made a good choice as families will be able to plan their yearly vacations without any unusual schedule changes.
The LAUSD school board truly came to its senses on this decision and went with the safest bet.