HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Monday marked the start of the school year for thousands of students in West Michigan, even though a state law requires districts to wait until after Labor Day to start.
The law, which went in to effect 12 years ago, was designed to boost tourism.
This year, state officials approved waivers for 141 schools to start early. Hastings, Grandville, Jenison, Rockford, and Greenville public schools are just a few in the area starting before the holiday.
Students of Grand Rapids Public Schools also returned to class Monday.
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