The long summer holidays are over and now children are finally heading back to school. That means businesses are getting more back to normal as parents are finally able to return to their full time work schedules.
But some Chicagoans got back to work even earlier than the official end of summer date – Labor Day Weekend. Parents were back at their desks over two weeks ago on August 14! Indeed, for most districts in Illinois, September 1st is just another day in the school calendar. Maine East, Maine South and Maine West students all returned to school on August 14.
One district official explained that this move of returning to school earlier began back in 2015. The idea behind it was to finish the fall semester before students go back home for their December Winter break. In theory it is also meant to relieve stress for high school students who really could benefit from the earlier break.
In other areas of Chicago – as well as public schools – kids returned to school tomorrow. This past Saturday, hundreds of backpacks were given out in Garfield Park thanks to fundraising efforts of the church in University Village.