Remember when the new school year always started after Labor Day? That traditional end of the summer is now mostly a thing of the past.
Twenty school districts in Los Angeles County start school this week, including schools in Alhambra, Glendale, Palmdale, Pasadena and Pomona. All but four of the county’s 80 school districts start school in August, according to the L.A. County Office of Education.
“It’s been a difficult change for us, of course, like any change," said Laurie Baccus, assistant superintendent at Whittier School District. Their first day for all students is Aug. 16. "But in the end, I’d say people feel that it’s a better way to lay out the school year."
At first, Baccus said, parents and teachers complained that they couldn’t wrap their head around an August without vacation.