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Comments on recent editorial

August 28, 2018

Editor, Daily Times:

As a retired elementary teacher of the Watertown School District, I enjoyed the Editorial of Aug. 22. I agree that the starting dates for a new school year should not be done to please the tourist industry in the state. Many students are ready to go back to school by then. Of course some schools deal with this by having a more year-round school calendar, but that is a topic for another time.

However I do disagree with comments made in the seventh and eighth paragraphs. Easing into the school year a couple of days before Labor day, then a week of four days after Labor Day, followed by a full week is much easier for students especially at the elementary level. It takes some time for students to get used to being in school all day. I have found this to be true for myself and other teachers of younger students.

Also, there have been very few really hot and humid days at the end of the school year. But very often we have begun early and have experienced numerous days of hot and humid weather at the beginning of the school year. Not very conducive to starting school or a positive learning environment. However, as more schools have air conditioning, this can be less of an issue. But many schools do not have air conditioning.

Just some thoughts of a retired second grade teacher.

Randall Dorn

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