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Dell Rapids School District reconsiders school start date

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One local school district raised the question 'when should students return to class?'

And it's asking parents, students and staff to pick a date.

KSFY News visited the Dell Rapids School District to find out if people are leaning towards sooner or later.

And while many are leaning towards starting after labor day, it's not so simple.

Elementary school students and their parents prefer going back to school later.

But some high school students might not be ready for a change.

The end of the school year is like a light at the end of a tunnel for many students.

Eighth grader Sydney Stofferahn said "I would rather start a little bit earlier because it's hard at the end of the year when you're playing sports like baseball or softball or soccer and you have to do homework but practices are late."

School superintendent Summer Schulz will present the results of a recent survey to the board so they can decide when kids should head back to school.

"Sometimes it sounds good to start after Labor Day but if you looked at the draft and noticed in order to get out by Memorial Day, there's not spring break like we're used to or some different breaks throughout the year, and people didn't necessarily like that," Schulz said.

Sophomore Mikaela Stofferahn said "I want it to start earlier, so that way, we can get done before Christmas. We won't have to study through Christmas and take our final tests and all that because it's a pain in the butt. I don't want to have to remember everything over Christmas break.

But not all is forgotten when classes take a holiday.

"I mean you still have to remember some, of course, but you don't have to remember everything else but now, if we would start after we would just have to remember all that and there's two weeks less of classes for ACTs and SATs and stuff like that," Mikaela Stofferahn said.

And of course, many of us don't like change.

"For high school students it is, and not just high school students, but I think everyone. I don't know if the teachers would even want that," Mikaela Stofferahn said.

The Dell Rapids school superintendent hopes to find a compromise which works for nearly everyone.

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