JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – The school supplies are bought and the backpacks are filled and students in Jackson County will be using them as they’re hitting the books tomorrow. These (Jackson High School) halls are empty now, but tomorrow they’ll be filled with students for the first time in years prior to Labor Day. One key reason is a new state-mandated law.
Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal said, “it’s 180 days is 180 days no matter how we kind of get around it. You know whether we start after Labor Day and start counting 180 days or we start before Labor Day and count to 180 days, it’s still 180 days of instruction.”
Jackson Public Schools chose to start counting before Labor Day because of the students.
“Student attention falls off drastically after Memorial Day. The cliff kind of hits. The exhaustion point kicks in. So, we feel like we can front load the year. We have seven days. It’s a nice easy start to the school year and we’ll still honor that Labor Day weekend,” said Beal.
And, one veteran teacher of 17-years is for the early start, but for a different reason.
“I think they’re really ready to be in school. I think they’re ready to have a routine, like I said, and be in the swing of things. And, they miss their friends, said Frost Elementary School Teacher Amy Smith.
So, getting back to school now will pay off in the future.
Jackson High School Biology Teacher Emily Curry said, “I feel like this is a good opportunity to get kids back in the building for additional time for some quality learning and teaching.”
“The longer we wait like after Labor Day, they would be very anxious. I guess that’s the word I want to use is anxious when they came back after Labor Day and I don’t know why,” said Smith.
But, the wait is over starting tomorrow morning.