A rising issue for homeowners throughout Los Angeles has more to do with the rising temperatures than rising housing costs. School calendars and summer breaks have recently become a battleground for many parents, teachers and administrators throughout Los Angeles. Local news shows have showed countless stories of teachers in the city teaching with lights off, fans running and sometimes on the floor of the gymnasium, all with the hopes of keeping cool. A proposal has been made to implement a sweeping change to the LA school calendar to allow kids to avoid school in the hottest months of the year.
When the mercury rises in LA the school district central office will issue a heat advisory and each school has specific instructions on how to respond. Each school places limitations on gym classes and the school makes sure water is available throughout the campus.
Heat issues are even more problematic in the San Fernando Valley, with cities such as Chatsworth experiencing extreme temperature. According to intellicast.com the average August temperature in Chatsworth, California is 96 degrees, which makes August the year’s hottest month. June is traditionally the fourth hottest month, with an average of 89 degrees. This information helps to support the notion of change.
School board members are discussing whether it makes sense to change when school is in session to combat this problem. The proposal being evaluated outlines moving the academic year away from the oppressive heat of August to the somewhat milder temperatures often experience in June. It has been suggested that the school year shift from a mid-August start to a start date after the Labor Day holiday, most likely the first Monday in September. The year would close in late June rather than early in the month.
A number of board members are in favor of the change, while several others have not declared their intentions on a vote. A change this big could be problematic because plans for the 2017-2018 school year are already underway.
There have been very strong opinions among LA families on both sides of the issue. Since 2012, when the school system adopted the current schedule, the major benefit of an August start is that high school students have the ability to finish their coursework before the winter break. It also allows a time advantage for students completing Advanced Placement courses, where they have the ability to earn college credit. The AP exams are administered in the first two weeks of May. Students who start the school year sooner would have more time to prepare.
Despite the pressure of accommodating the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators, Los Angeles has many excellent schools with some of the best teachers in the nation. If you are in the market for one of the available luxury homes in Southern California where your children can learn from these excellent schools and teachers, please contact one of our experienced real estate professionals. We specialize in luxury homes in the most exclusive communities in Southern California.
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