Students aren't the only ones affected by this year's early return to the classroom.

As schools doors open to welcome students, other doors are closing.

The early-August return to school has forced local attractions to alter their schedules.

Two area public pools have closed weeks before Labor Day - the unofficial end of the summer.

Dave Stucker, the city's parks director, said Crystal Beach pool hours were cut during the first few weeks of school because of a lack of staffing, and the pool closed for the season Sunday afternoon.

"It all revolves around school and kids going back," Stucker said.

The pool's closure is nearly two weeks earlier than in previous years, he said. For many years, Crystal Beach remained open on the weekends until Labor Day.

The last few years, however, many of the lifeguards have had to return to their studies earlier than in the past, Stucker said.

The pool at Clifty Falls State Park closed on Aug. 3. Park officials also cited the early start of the school year.

Other attractions are also dealing with a drop in attendance toward the end of summer.

VisitMadison Executive Director Linda Lytle said local tourism numbers seem to be higher this year than last year, but the tourism season and summer vacations are quickly coming to an end, and that will impact the number of visitors to the area.

Lanier Mansion site manager Gerry Reilly said the number of visitors did seem to decrease once schools started back this year, but other events - like the annual Music at the Mansion - keep tourists and visitors coming to the state historic site year-round.

Anne Fairchild, program manager at the Lanier Mansion, also noted some schools visit the mansion on field trips and families continue to visit during vacations throughout the year.

"We do have a lot of kids visit with their family during breaks," Fairchild said.

With tourism being the sixth largest industry in Indiana according to a 2012 state economic impact study, the effects of returning to the classroom earlier are felt across the state.

That's the reason the state's tourism association has supported several bills over the years to keep kids out of the classroom until the Labor Day holiday, Lytle said. For years, Indiana legislators have discussed bills that would require school districts to alter their schedules to begin in September.

Legislators said the later start dates would allow families to have more summer vacation time and would also decrease school costs of cooling school buildings. Those bills - which have been supported by the state's tourism association and several parent groups - haven't gained much support from the General Assembly.

But other states, including Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, have laws that ban schools from beginning the year before Labor Day - unless they have a waiver from the state.

One of the top reasons each of those three states passed those bills into law?

To allow families enough time to take advantage of summer getaways.

"Kids starting back in August really hurts tourism," Lytle said.