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Some students head back to class before Labor Day, others after

Schools in Nashua, Milford, Hollis and Brookline stand apart from other schools in the area for scheduling the first day of school the week before Labor Day.

Nashua starts classes on Tuesday, Aug. 26, while students in Milford, Hollis and Brookline
return a day later on Wednesday. ...

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Schools in Nashua, Milford, Hollis and Brookline stand apart from other schools in the area for scheduling the first day of school the week before Labor Day.

Nashua starts classes on Tuesday, Aug. 26, while students in Milford, Hollis and Brookline
return a day later on Wednesday.

Meanwhile schools in Litchfield, Hudson, Merrimack and Amherst school districts begin after the holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Last year, the Merrimack district switched its start date from before to after Labor Day.

Superintendent Marge Chiafery said parents were in favor of a full summer off for students instead of interrupting the final week of August.

Nashua superintendent, Mark Conrad, said Nashua’s back-to-school date has a lot to do with when students are more apt to learn.

“From a motivational standpoint, August is preferable to June. We’d rather have students come back earlier and end the year earlier because of the environment in June,” Conrad said.

Considering the possibility of snow days, starting late could have students in school well into June when they begin losing enthusiasm for school as summer looms.

Conrad said the district has been going back before Labor Day for years.

“Our calendar has been fairly consistent over the years,” he said.

For instance, he said the Nashua Back to School event has been scheduled about the same time, the week before the first day back, since it began 10 years ago.

Because it’s become a yearly tradition, there hasn’t been a community push to alter the start date begin after the holiday as many of the other area schools do.

“Our scheduling is a public process through the school board...it’s not an area we’ve heard concerns about,” he said.

The timing seems to work well for staff and students, he said.

“We have the teachers in Monday and everyone’s off Friday to get acclimated to school routine.”

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).