(Sorry, this is a rant topic) Virginia has this delightful law known as the King's Dominion Law. King's Dominion is one of the big amusement parks in Virginia, and they have spent a good deal of money buying politicians (pardon me... I mean "lobbying"). One of their biggest successes is the King's Dominion law, which makes it illegal for school districts to begin school in Virginia prior to Labor Day. The only exceptions are districts who average 8 or more snow days in 5 years over a 10 year period. Those districts get a waiver, and are allowed to start earlier. Our district is one day short of qualifying for a waiver, and today was probably the last realistic chance of there being a snow day. Our new (second year) superintendent has made no secret whatsoever of her desire to start school before Labor Day, and the school board and other upper level administrators support the idea also. As far as starting school early... whatever. I don't really care. I see the benefits to it (five full "routine builder" days, a three day weekend, then off and running with the school year) and I see the drawbacks (a three day weekend that early in the school year? Messes up late-season vacation plans). If I were ruler of the world, I'd probably vote to start a week earlier and end a week earlier, but that isn't where my problem lies. My problem is that a privately owned company has the ability to singlehandedly dictate the schedule to one of the twelve largest districts in the United States. If my district wants to start earlier, that should be a decision for their administrators, school board members, and community stakeholders, NOT a stinking amusement park six county/county-equivalents away! I really wish my district has just used a snow day today, as a "F you" to King's Dominion, but alas. And since somebody will surely point out me posting at 8:30 on a school day and think I just wanted a free day off... I'm already off using a pre-arranged sick day, and I would have lost that day whether school was in session or not, so there's nothing gained or lost personally.