Parents Fear School Starts Too Soon

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several parents of Cabell County students say they think the school year seems to be starting sooner and sooner.

The school year begins Aug. 6 this year, and those parents say it's becoming real problem.

"We just looked at the calendar last night and realized he's only got about two weeks left," said Erin Harbour, whose son will be a second-grader at a school in Cabell County.

Other parents like Amy Bowles say rather than stocking up on school supplies, she's making those last few days at the pool count.

"It's come so fast that supplies are not even on the top of my list, to be honest with you," Bowles said.

The quick turnaround is because all schools must complete 180 school days. Since last year's harsh winter kept students off the roads and out of class, school officials are forced to put them back in school that much sooner.

"Now they're starting sports earlier. Football's starting at the end of July," Bowles said. "The kids are getting what they need."

It's a school calendar that many parents say they're not sure they want to follow.

To be fair, the county has kept its spring break intact and built in more snow days into the year in case another winter hits like this past one.

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