Summer vacation is here. I know this not because it's hot or because I saw it on the calendar. I know it because Burbank schools let my kids out for the year the Thursday before Memorial Day at 12:55 pm.
Not Friday. Not 1 or 2 p.m. — Thursday May 26, at 12:55 pm. As if they calculated to the minute the minimum amount of time the budget allowed them to have kids in class — factoring in furlough days, standardized testing days, prep days for standardized testing, and hours kids spent in informative “assemblies” where they learn how to sell cookie dough and wrapping paper for a small percentage of the profits after interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
With summer really still weeks away, and my requests to the Burbank Unified School District for a rational explanation unanswered, I'm left to imagine for myself why we’re starting summer vacation in the mild days of May, only to return in the heat waves of mid-August when kids will be forced to stay inside air-conditioned, over-crowded classrooms on smog-alert days. Glendale schools will be adopting a similar schedule beginning 2012-13.