Off to class

Off to class

Up in the mornin’ and out to school
The teacher is teachin’ the Golden Rule
American history and practical math
You study’ em hard and hopin’ to pass
Workin’ your fingers right down to the bone
And the guy behind you won’t leave you alone*

Floyd County public school students are off to class this morning.

Yep.  School began this morning — August 11 — 27 days before Labor Day, once the traditional start of classes for the county’s four elementary schools and the high school.

School is also starting this week in many other areas of the Old Dominion.

Weather and Virginia’s requirements for testing are the culprits for the extended school years.

Lawyers now force “save your ass” cancellations of classes, which sometimes means just the threat of snow can keep the kids home and buses off the streets.

And more and more texts, included the dreaded “SOL” requirements force the kids to prove to some bureaucrat that they might actually be learning something.

“SOL” used to mean “Sh– Outta Luck” to most of us.  Now it is “Standards of Learning” from the state and federal governments and those school systems who don’t meet the minimum SOL standard means they are outta of that stinky stuff too.

Athletic events started last week.  Canon Professional Services cleaned my cameras and lenses and they are ready for capture of images on fields and courts.

Welcome back to school kids.  May you pass all those tests and, hopefully, have time to learn a thing or two about what you face in the future.

*Lyrics from “School Days” by Chuck Berry