Commonly asked questions...and answers to them

Does the new law merely shift the school year?

Yes and no. Since every school district in the state operates on a different schedule, it is difficult to speak for all. Some will adapt to the new calendar law by offsetting the later start with a later end date, leaving holiday time the same. Others will "trim the fat" from the school year by eliminating unnecessary days off so that they end earlier. Most districts will finish the school year by the end of May or early June. Horry County is an interesting example. They have the latest start date in the state, August 27th and they end on June 6th while still maintaining all traditional holiday breaks.

The new law will help prevent the traditional summer break from being re-distributed to other times of the year. It will help to maximize the summer break during actual summer months (May is not summer). Interestingly, schools that once started around August 4th were actually beginning classes in the middle of summer. Summer officially begins on June 21st and ends on September 22nd. August 6th is the mid-point of the summer season. The school calendar law helps to shift the school year back where it belongs.

More questions & answers...

When will first semester exams be scheduled under the new law?

What is the economic impact of earlier school start dates on our state?

I've heard that the passage of this law is really about tourism interests. Is this true?

Why shouldn't our local school boards be able to make all school calendar decisions?

Is Save SC Summers a special interest group?

How will a later start affect our children's education and state accountability testing?

Are other states experiencing similar problems with early start dates?

Why are school leaders so opposed to this legislation, if it is what parents want?

Does the new law merely shift the school year?

How can I help protect this law?

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