TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Some school children around Florida must be wondering what happened to their summer vacation.
Seven school districts resume classes this week.
It may seem awfully early to say goodbye to summer vacation, but state lawmakers have approved early-August start dates for certain school districts.
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State law bans districts from starting the new school year earlier than two weeks before Labor Day.
But there's an exception.
School districts considered academically high-performing get an exemption allowing them to resume classes whenever they want.
So on Tuesday, Charlotte County will become the first district in the state to start the school year. Brevard, Citrus, Lee, Nassau and Walton counties follow on Wednesday.
Forty-nine of Florida's 67 counties start the 2012 - 2013 school year on August 20. Duval County resumes classes on August 20 and Hillsborough County follows on the 21st.
First Coast News