July has ended, and that means that there’s just one more month before summer end and school starts, right? Wrong! That is the case [at least] for children and young adults in the State of Georgia. Most students in metro Atlanta have already headed back to school; many even went back on Monday, July 31, 2017. This is about a month earlier than the traditional “after Labor Day” start of school that most of Americans know. For Georgia, this is not new. The shift to an earlier start to the school calendar has been taking the country by storm in recent decades. More recently, Georgia has started their schools earlier and ending in May. Over the course of the year, students get periodic breaks of approximately one week to go on vacation or rejuvenate. Experts claim that this helps with information retention, among other perks. However, this is bad for families who enjoyed summer vacations and trips to nearby amusement parks because those families are now limited to go to places on the weekends in August, and most are taking that time to re-acclimate to the school schedule and related requirements (i.e. school shopping, doing homework). Also, families traveling from out of town will be surprised with the amusement park closures during the week. As a result, park revenues [and area tourism dollars] are down. According to Daphne Sashin of CNN, “there are still plenty of schools that start after Labor Day. The later date is popular in the Northeast, for one, and in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, there are state laws backed by the local tourism industry that prohibit schools from starting before Labor Day unless they have a waiver.” It appears that some families, albeit less vocal during the original proposed change to move the start of school to early August in Georgia, are looking to take action in an effort to change the school calendar back to the way it was before. Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water Park President, Dale Kaetzel says coaster lovers can speak out through a growing Facebook Group, Save GA Summers, and join their movement efforts to revert back to the traditional September school start.