No matter how hard they try, school administrators have a hard time convincing parents it’s in their child’s best interest to start school on the first day.

There’s a big push this year among Oklahoma school administrators to get kids there on the first day. There’s a large number of students who don’t arrive until after Labor Day. Part of the reason is parents don’t take time to find out when school starts and some is a protest for the early start of the semester.

It impacts the district, too. Funding is based on average daily attendance and districts can’t count bodies who have yet to get to class.

This week, Norman will begin enrolling new students and confirming the enrollment of current students. Testing for students new to the district will be scheduled this week, too.

Camp Turning Points, helping ease the transition ito middle school, will be Saturday. Norman schools start Aug. 19.

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