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Labor Day, should it be changed?

Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2007

It seems that we all have this outlanded idea that Labor Day heralds the end of summer and the start of the new school year. Since now all over the country, the school year starts in August, would it make sense to change Labor Day to the last Monday in August rather than the first in September.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2007 at 10:56 am

This idea, if I didn't make myself clear, would have to be at a national level not a state or even PA level. Labor Day is a national holiday and would require to be changed at the national level by the federal government. However, it has happened before that national public holidays have been changed both in this country and others. It is no reflection on the holiday just when to celebrate in terms of how life is changing the optimum day to celebrate.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 27, 2007 at 1:03 pm

The real question is whether the summer vacation period should be contracted, as the teachers' unions, and many professional educators, would like to see happen, or should it be kept at its traditional date (at or near Labor Day).

There is backlash from parents, because it interferes with vacation plans, sports tournaments, etc. I don't have kids in the system any more, but if I did, and I had specific plans, I would live out the traditional summer, even if it meant starting school a week (or two) late.

In the end, the school system belongs to the parents and taxpayers, so we need to decide what is best for us. If the parents want a shorter summer break, so be it; if not, then they will vote with their absence.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2007 at 5:46 pm

So how would I know when to put away my white bucks and boater if not for Labor Day?

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 1, 2007 at 5:35 pm

We have had four days of school. For my family, this has been a very long week and we have not got into routine yet. Some sports have started and some have not. However, I would really like it if Monday was a regular Monday and not a day off. Today feels like summer break again, the kids didn't get out of bed til mid morning, no one wants to do anything and they all complain they are bored. I would rather that at this stage we had some homework and some sports games and then we could really feel that we were back to normal rather than this half and half.

Whether the calendar says August or September, I don't know. But, I do wish we could start school and get into routine straight away.