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BVSD must protect against excessive heat

The Boulder Valley School Board wisely rejected a proposal on Tuesday night that would have delayed school starting by only four days next fall. Parental concerns about unbearable classroom heat in August were valid. Teachers unwilling to move their professional days to before school starts may be less so. However, four days simply is not enough of a change.

In the 1980s and 1990s, school started after Labor Day most of the time. September’s first days were often warm for fall clothes, so students dressed accordingly. To think students did any differently this year is ridiculous when school began Aug. 15 and temperatures outside reached 98 degrees.

The purported reason for increasingly early starts and their intrusion into time with family is to allow students to take semester finals before Christmas break. Thus, students wouldn’t have tests hanging over their heads during the break. However, when school started after Labor Day, students had plenty of time to get back into their studies before finals. A big plus, too, was schools weren’t too hot.
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Winter’s Hope

Grapevines in withered barrenness cling to fencing with rigid, freeze-dried curls. Winter snow covers tree skeletons while spring blossoms, summer buzz and fall fruits seem far away. Hope is firm, though. Nature continues with its preset pattern.

Spring will come again. Life will seep upward from the roots. It will push its way through the hard bark of trees to make buds. Leaves will unfurl and blossoms again will entice bees. But for now, I partake of stored produce from last year’s harvest and feel the cold.
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