In the news: as school systems open their doors earlier and earlier in August, North Carolina 's tourism industry says their business is being hurt. Accordingly, the industry is backing a bill that would prohibit most schools in the state from opening back up before Labor Day. That's understandable. No doubt, it would have the backing of most students as well.
It's also understandable that the school systems see buildings that sit idle, books unread, and experiments not done for three months every summer as a waste. That's why some systems opt for what is called "year-round" school. That doesn't mean that students go to school all the time. It means they attend at different times of the year. That relieves overcrowding, and gets 100% use out of the building over its lifetime. (Year-round schools and those in the mountains, who must build-in "snow days," would be exempt.)