Cheshire students are officially back in class as of this morning.
What was technically a long summer vacation — with few snow days to account for, the 2018/19 school year came to a close early in June — likely felt too short for many. Now, students and educators can begin the “grind” once again.
While it is a minor bone of contention, the annual Thursday start to classes at the end of August remains mystifying, given that students will only be in school for two days, then will be treated to a long Labor Day weekend, right on the heels of more than two months off. It’s also true that late-August weather is usually pretty hot, and the less times the school system has to expose students to scorching conditions inside non-air-conditioned classrooms, the better.
However, since all Connecticut public schools have decided to open as early as possible in order to conclude in the beginning of June, there is little chance of a return to the after-Labor-Day start to the year that was common for so long. And in the end, all that truly matters is that classes quickly get in the swing of things and students start the learning process.
So, welcome back, students. And make sure to look both ways before crossing the street on your way to school.