Putnam County schools back in session this week

Putnam County schools back in session this week (Image 1)
Putnam County schools back in session this week (Image 1)

It’s back to school this week for some students in Middle Tennessee.

Putnam County schools are back in session Thursday, starting with a half-day. The first full day of school is Monday, July 28.

However, some parents and one organization say it’s too soon to be starting school. Putnam County’s last day of the 2013-14 school year was May 24.

Save Tennessee’s Summers, an organization started to give schools a uniform start date of August 15 or later, wants to change that.

In the past, the organization has cited reasons like cooling costs and childcare costs as to why the school year should not start until mid-August.

They also say that a longer summer gives teachers the chance to prepare for the next year or even earn advanced degrees.

If schools started after Labor Day, though, end-of-semester exams would be given after the winter break. Some teachers, students and parents see that as a huge drawback.

News 2 spoke to the organization on Friday and they said they do not plan to pursue a bill next legislative session, as they have in the past.

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