A debate over whether schools should start before Labor Day is in full swing after a Michigan senator introduced the idea.
Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) has introduced a bill that would remove the post-Labor Day mandate and allowing communities to decide when they start school. If the bill passes, schools can start in August, weeks are cut down to three school days a week, cutting Mondays and Fridays out of the picture. After Labor Day, a normal five-day week would be instituted.
A few people in the Mason area have expressed concern over the proposed bill.
“I work a full-time job, and it would be very difficult for me to work around that schedule in August.” said Cheryl Lyons, a librarian in Mason.
Lyons has a daughter that is starting kindergarten and enjoys the start in September.
“It’s how it was when I was a kid. There was a clear line between summer and school, with the Labor Day weekend and then school starting a day or two later.” said Lyons.
Lyons said she wouldn’t be opposed to a balanced calendar, having school throughout the year with four breaks year-round.
Shannon Orlowski, a Mason resident, said it would be a huge issue for her, as she’s a working parent.
“You would to have daycare all day to make it work. If you have more than one child, it would cost a fortune.” said Orlowski.
“It disrupts daycare and plans for the day. They finally opened up the lunch room to drop off your child an hour before school, but even that was an issue.” said Orlowski. “Imagine an extra two days!”
Jacob Houser, a Mason resident, said that it would be misguided to change the school schedule.
“Cost-benefit wise, I don’t think it’d be much difference,” said Houser, “and I think it would make more sense to go to school year-round, not have a huge break during the summer.”
Houser said that if you polled kids, they would take the one that means less school. Meaning, four-day weekends.