Campaign to push back start date for Tangipahoa Parish schools divides district's parents

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AMITE, Louisiana — A campaign to push back the start date for Tangipahoa Parish schools has divided the district's parents. They disagree over how many holiday breaks they're willing to give up to keep their children home during the dog days of summer.

The Advocate reports ( school officials have come up with four options for the 2016-17 calendar: one much like the current calendar with an early August start and pre-Memorial Day finish, one with a post-Labor Day start and a mid-June finish, and two others falling somewhere in between.

The options come in response to a petition started in July by parent Carli Adams, who wanted the parish's schools to start after Labor Day to avoid the excessive August heat.

But after the district's four proposals for next year's calendar were released on Nov. 16, a counter-petition began.

The district's four proposed options shift the start and end dates for classes primarily by eliminating holidays and, in some cases, combining them with teacher professional development days, while trying to balance the schedule evenly between the first and second semesters.

The school board will meet on Dec. 1 to discuss the recommendations.

Information from: The Advocate,

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