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Tell Us: Vacations on Winter Break?

With school calendar changes, some parents consider sticking with their vacation plans.

Thanks to problems related to Hurricane Sandy and the recent blizzard, school districts have cut into vacation time.

Students in both Huntington and South Huntington will be in school most of the week, though those in the latter district will have Monday off. Huntington district students could well lose another vacation day in March because of the need to meet state rules on classroom days.

But some parents are objecting and talking about taking their children out of class so they can go on long-planned vacations.

What are you doing? Are you sticking with the school calendar? And do you think classes will be affected if many kids are absent?

Please tell us in the comments.

Ron February 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM
This idea parents are keeping kids home is folly. Parents take kids on vacation just so they are not burdened with them at home.Schools open...kids go and parents save money.
L P February 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM
I would like to point out that prior to the oil crisis in the mid 70's, there was NO winter break! The week around Washington's birthday was designated as vacation in order to save heating oil. I think the districts need to consider taking this vacation off the calendar, and giving days off if and when it appears the 180 day minimum has been met The weather is not likely to become more cooperative; au contraire.......
Bill L. February 18, 2013 at 01:15 PM
It should be eliminated and one week taken of end of June. If anyone has been in a school at the end of June you know little educating is done because report cards are finalized and it can reach 100 degrees in the classrooms.
Heather Vazquez February 18, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I work in a school and like the time off. HOWEVER, I totally agree with Bill L. On this one. The vacation week is not needed. I would much rather get off earlier in June. And he's right. There is not much teaching going on the last week or so of school. (Movies, games, etc) just to pass the time.
JSC February 18, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I agree that the February vacation isn't needed any longer. It didn't do much good back in the 70's either, since few schools actually shut down to save on energy! They were open for administration or custodians or sports teams - all needed lights and heat. Children could use the extra time in school. Take one day for President's Day. However, June dates are pretty much set by the dates that Regents exams are given. Districts don't have much leeway in moving back their end of school date. Contracts would have to be changed as well for staff. Many admins have added days tacked onto the 180 that they must be in school for and if districts moved to say a 185 day school year, their contract will probably have to be amended too.

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