Up in the mornin’ and out to school
The teacher is teachin’ the Golden Rule
American history and practical math
You study’ em hard and hopin’ to pass
Workin’ your fingers right down to the bone
And the guy behind you won’t leave you alone*

Students attending Floyd County Public Schools start classes next week — on Aug. 13.

Yep, that’s three weeks before Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 2 this year.

Public schools used to start after Labor Day.  Now they start earlier and earlier in August of each year.

Some wonder how long it might be before the “fall” school term starts in July.

Part of the reasoning for such early starts is the “banking” of schools days to offset weather cancellations.

Others say testing and other demands placed upon local schools by state and federal requirements require getting a start on the new school season.

Weather might play a part in cancellations or early release of students in August and/or early September because of sweltering heat and humidity.  Floyd County’s school board is working to fully air condition classrooms and other areas of the county’s high school and the four elementary schools, at a cost of more than a million dollars but those cooling units will not be in place throughout the schools this year.

Heat and humidity could also limit football practice.

The county just came off a historically humid month.  Although temperatures did not hit 100, humidity remained in the mid to high 90 percentile range for too many days and nights of the month.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg lists humidity at 6:30 am on this Monday at 100% with a zero chance of precipitation.  It will drop into the 90% around 9 am and then spend the day mostly in the 70 percent range.

Even with the thermometer reaching 60 degrees at 6:30 am, it will be easy to work up a sweat.

Try to keep cool while shopping for back-to-school items this week.

Ring ring goes the bell
The cook in the lunchroom’s ready to sell
You’re lucky if you can find a seat
You’re fortunate if you have time to eat
Back in the classroom open your books
Gee but the teacher don’t know
How mean she looks*

*Lyrics from “School Day” by Will Cobb, Gus Edwards, Universal Music Publishing Group (1957). Recorded by Chuck Berry.

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