DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - Saying goodbye to summer. DeSoto County students are back in the classroom next Monday. School typically starts early August, but not for much longer. In two years, students won't return until the end of the month, a change required by law.
The new state law takes effect in 2014. School can only start on or after the third Monday in August.
"If I was a kid I'd love it," says parent Ricky Booth.
"Having a longer summer won't they let out later in the summer?" asks Jennifer Whitehead.
That's one option. By law DeSoto County Schools must teach students 180 days.
A spokesperson says they'll either go to school two weeks longer at the end of the year or cut down on holidays.
Summer vacations are one reason lawmakers made the change, saying extending the tourism season could turn into millions.
"It's worth a shot," Whitehead says. "I wouldn't mind taking a trip when it's not scalding hot too."
Her 5-year-old daughter Riley starts school next week for the first time. "Kindergarten," Riley says. "I already bought my school supplies."
The whole idea of a summer break is not even a question here. She's excited about heading to class. "It will be really fun," she says.
Districts have the next two years to change their calendars. DeSoto County Schools will survey students, teachers and parents to see what they would like.