(COVINGTON, La.) — St. Paul’s School’s usual routine of starting school on a Thursday was altered this year when a full week of classroom instruction and activities were scheduled on campus for students beginning on Monday, Aug. 8.
“School started on a Monday this year to cooperate with the start date of the St. Tammany Parish schools,” Assistant Principal Joe Dickens said. Dickens feels that the Monday start date was beneficial to teachers, as their in-service days were more synchronized with the arrival of students, with in-service held on the Wednesday and Thursday prior, and leaving Friday to prepare classrooms.
Most students seem to be indifferent to or satisfied with the change.
“I’m okay with the fact that school started on a Monday instead of a Thursday,” freshman Miles Gensler said, “because I would rather have a whole week to get used to (school), rather than two days.”
“I had a week to adjust to my routine,” sophomore Zach Uson agreed.
Even students from the St. Tammany Parish school system seem to tolerate the change.
“I don’t really care either way,” Covington High School sophomore Jack Vashko said, “because the first week is always just an introduction.”
One student was alright with the change, but still had an opinion on the matter.
“Though I would have rathered a Thursday (start),” junior Carson Caulfield said. “I am fine with a Monday start as well, but I would have liked to have a few more days to finish summer reading.”
Senior Ethan Hopel disagrees. “It is horrible,” Hopel said, “because if you start on a Monday right after summer break, it is harder for kids to get into their routine.”
With the majority of people being satisfied with this year’s start date, it seems to not be an issue with campus morale. Voice your opinion in the poll below.