March 13, 2014
We're still two weeks away from Labor Day, but a few Valley school systems have gotten an early start on the new school year.
Waynesboro and Augusta County both opened school Monday morning.
Officials for both school systems say a big reason for the early start is to get in as many days as possible before snow starts disrupting the schedule.
Last year, both systems had to close several times because of winter weather, forcing students to attend school late into June.
But Waynesboro Superintendent Dr. Lowell Lemons says there are other benefits to an early start.
"We'll get a few folks who wonder why we start so early," he said. "But when we talk about the fact that it allows us to do some longer breaks during the school year, when we talk about being able to finish up early in June, then those questions start fading away."
"The truth of the matter is we do better with instruction, I think, in August than we do in June," he added. "Kids are more motivated, and once we get to June 1, I think that motivation really drops off.
"So from an instructional standpoint, we believe an early start is better than a late closing."
Lemons also pointed out that school started even earlier last year, on August 20.