Under Iowa law, schools are supposed to start the week of September first.
But nearly all districts in the state apply for, and get waivers to start in August.
Starting early doesn't sit well with Joe Taylor, the head of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors bureau.
"July and August remain two of the busiest travel months in the season, in the year," said Joe Taylor.
Joe Taylor said taking away even just a week or two in August means less time for Iowa families to travel and do other summertime activities.
Locally, Taylor said an overnight visit translates into about $180 going back into the Quad Cities.
"Anytime you impact a family's ability to travel, you're impacting that family's ability to stay in hotels, to go to water parks," said Taylor.
But Bettendorf's superintendent said starting school in August is almost a necessity these days.
"We're required by law to have 180 school days of which in order to get 90 school days in to finish the first semester by winter break, it necessitates starting in August," said Superintendent Theron Schutte.
And there are other reasons too.
Like trying to have similar schedules with local community colleges, where some high schoolers take courses.
"Don't feel that catering to those heads of business and tourism necessarily is in the best interest of students as far as their education is concerned," said Schutte.
All Iowa schools in the metro Quad Cities area start in August.
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