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GLEN ROCK, NJ - MARCH 15: A sign displays the message that Glen Rock Middle School is closed as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 15, 2020 in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy said that all New Jersey schools will likely be ordered to close on Monday because of the virus. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

I was looking at a friend’s Facebook page recently and was surprised to see back to school photos of their kids.  As I scrolled, I realized that it was back to school already for much of New Jersey.  This was news to me as my children are actually grown, and my memories of summer vacation always ended with one marathon night of watching the MDA telethon on TV (and trying to stay awake for all of it) followed by the first day of school the day after Labor Day.  Those days are apparently long gone!

A brief search tells me that schools across the country start anywhere from July to September these days, and honestly I felt sad for the kids.  Summer vacation was a magical time that’s apparently long gone, as is unstructured play (you mom telling you to go out and play and you stayed out, unsupervised, until dinner time).

When did it all change?

I have to admit, that it does make sense, especially with quickly changing severe weather patterns, snow days, etc.  And, time marches on.

The good news is, on the Labor Day Weekend, some school districts will have their first break of the school year for the holiday.  I hope the kids enjoy the time off!