FARMINGTON -- The 5,000 Davis elementary-age students who returned to school Thursday morning had good reason to show up for the first day of year-round school with their eyes peeled halfway open.
Having the first day of school follow the Pioneer Day holiday posed a "wrinkle" for some students based on comments parents shared on the Davis School District's Facebook page, according to Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams.
Less than a handful of parents questioned the district about why it would start year-round school immediately following a holiday that involves, in some instances, late night celebrations -- firework displays -- that can keep children up at night.
Williams said he recognizes the July 25 start date of the district's five year-round schools may have posed a wrinkle for some, and that having the schools open following the state holiday will be part of a future discussion.
"There was no question there was a challenge with firework noise," he said.
But last year, the opening day of school for year-round students also fell on July 25, Williams said.
The difficulty is the district sets its calendar by working backward from graduation dates, and because children must to be in school a designated amount of days, often the district has little room to maneuver its scheduling.
"We have to fit in the required amount of days (172) and the required amount of hours (990)," he said.
But despite the amount of heavy nighttime noise on Wednesday, schools were reporting good attendance across the board, Williams said.
The school district has five year-round schools.
They are Bluff Ridge and Buffalo Point in Syracuse, Sand Springs in west Layton, Eagle Bay in west Farmington and Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake.
Buffalo Point and Eagle Bay are both new to the year-round schedule.
Traditional school begins Aug. 26.
There are about 68,000 students enrolled in the district.