School shouldn’t start on a Monday
Ten weeks of summer culminate in a 6 a.m. alarm on a Monday morning, with the knowledge that a long week and a long year lie ahead. This knowledge would be slightly easier to come to terms with if the first week was just a little shorter.
It can be almost overwhelming to contend with syllabi, school supplies, and summer homework in the first week of school. Especially for underclassmen who are feeling out their new classes and seniors who have had senioritis since sophomore year, a full first week of school is potentially nauseating.
The 2017-18 school year began on a Thursday. This two-day week was the perfect way to gently break the fall for some of us who take a little longer to get back into a school routine. After getting a good sense of their new classes and what would be required of them, students had a full weekend to get supplies, finish up last-minute and prepare themselves for the year with knowledge of what was to come.
However, with school starting on a Monday, students are immediately bombarded with quizzes and assignments without a chance to get themselves together. The week began to feel like it would drag on forever. The traffic on Central Avenue at dismissal gets more perilous by the day. Patience wore thin and senioritis set in a few months too early.
Starting school in the middle of the week, although seemingly counterintuitive, is a perfect way to ensure back-to-school tasks are taken care of in the first week. This, in turn, ensures that a student body and staff ready to create a productive learning environment return for the second week of school.
By the way, the 2020-21 school year begins … on a Monday.