With students dogged by summer heat, is it time Ohio schools consider a post-Labor Day start? (editorial)

With students dogged by summer heat, is it time Ohio schools consider a post-Labor Day start? (editorial)

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - It's been pretty warm lately. I have no idea why.

It's summer. The Dog Days of August?

Oh yeah, that's it. It's the dead of summer. And it's hot. And schools are closing. Because it's hot.

Because it's summer.

Why are our kids in school in the second hottest month of the year? Wouldn't August be the month that makes the second-most sense to be out of school?

State Senator Gayle Manning has the same question, which is why she is the sponsor of one of two bills designed to push Ohio's first day of school until after Labor Day.

So far, the bill has had sixteen people or entities testify for it, but three groups are against it, including the Ohio School Boards Association.

They say the move would push the last day of school later into June, which, by the way, isn't as hot as August, and isn't even called summer until the 21st .

They also say the later start could impact the state's testing schedule, but why is that schedule set in stone?

Couldn't it float a few weeks, too? Are kids sweating at their desks really focused on prepping for the test anyway?

Are the kids who've already missed at least two days to hot weather prepping for the test in their air-conditioned homes?

Look, I don't have anything against June, and I don't own stock in August. But it's the second hottest month. Maybe holding off school until September is a pretty hot idea.

Copyright 2018 WOIO. All rights reserved.