Unfortunately, not everyone was thrilled with the late start of the 2017-2018 school year. Some have cried that an extended summer only gives children more time to sit idle and forget everything they learned during the prior school year. Some have argued that starting school later will put a financial strain on families who pay for child care throughout the summer. Many public school administrations have complained that it is extremely difficult to pack 180 school days into the newly revised calendar. One individual has even gone as far as to say that by starting school after Labor Day, students will die. The CEO of Baltimore City schools, Sonja Brookins Santelises stated that the delayed start was, "For particular kids, it's life or death." I cannot disagree that Baltimore City has seen an uncanny number of homicides this year. However, to claim that by starting school on Sept. 5 this year, as compared to Aug. 29 last year, will result in bloodshed in the streets, is just a tad bit of hyperbole.