Drivers that have been parking around schools during weekdays will have to find new parking spots starting Tuesday, August 14 thanks to the early-start school year calendar. Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will start three weeks earlier, including those attending charter schools in Pacific Palisades. Private institutions are not affected. The bright side for students having their summer vacation cut short is that the first semester will end before winter break and the school year will end on June 4. Some have applauded the earlier start of the school year, saying that by ending school before winter break students will not be distracted by taking time off before finals. However, some parents feel that the new schedule conflicts with family vacation plans. Starting school before Labor Day has been a longstanding practice in other parts of the country. A recent University of Minnesota study examining travel patterns among households with school-aged children found that ‘family overnight travel throughout the season’from May through September’decreased by 30 percent when school starts were moved to before Labor Day.’ The study suggests that when school begins before Labor Day some families don’t go on summer trips, others forego traveling in the summer altogether and some travel earlier in the season. Students enrolled at Palisades Charter Elementary, Marquez Charter Elementary, Canyon Charter Elementary, Paul Revere Middle School and Palisades Charter High School will start school on August 14. The start dates for private schools in Pacific Palisades are: Seven Arrows Elementary School will start on September 6; St. Matthews Parish School and Village School will begin on September 5; Corpus Christi Elementary, Calvary Christian School and Waldorf School will commence on September 4.
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