Probably completely due to geographic location, when I was a kid, school started on the day after Labor Day in most places I lived. Except in Tucson, where it started and ended earlier. And we had the “weird” holiday of “Rodeo Days” in February, which gave us two days off ostensibly to go see the rodeo (which I did a couple of times), but really it was just a nice four-day weekend in one of the most beautiful months in Tucson.

In my observation, most places either had a mid-August start, or the day-after-Labor-Day start. Back then.

Now, it’s all over the map. With many more types of school options than there used to be—public, private, charter, school-at-home, homeschooling, other things—I’ve observed kids starting anywhere from late July to the day after Labor Day. In the U.S., that is. One friend in the UK, her kid doesn’t even end until some kids are starting up again here in the U.S.

I guess it’s a good thing, to have people staggered like this. It allows for spreading out of family vacations and the like. But it does make Back to School season a bit extended. It doesn’t start until some kids are back in school, and others don’t start for like a month afterward.

There isn’t much of a point to this post, but I guess there’s not much of a point to many of my posts. So, here you go.

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