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Should Alachua County students have the entire week of Thanksgiving off?

Students likely to get Thanksgiving week off

The Alachua County School Board did not approve the district's proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which kept Thanksgiving week as is, with the break starting on Wednesday.

Superintendent Dan Boyd had recommended approval of this calendar over the draft proposed from the Alachua County Education Association, which gives students the whole week of Thanksgiving off and adds two days on to the end of the school year.

In a 3-2 vote, Board Chair Eileen Roy joined Gunnar Paulson and Leanetta McNealy in opposing the district calendar. April Griffin and Carol Oyenarte voted in favor of it.

Read the entire article here.

Should Alachua County students have the entire week of Thanksgiving off?
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Locations : Alachua County
People : April GriffinCarol OyenarteDan BoydEileen RoyGunnar PaulsonLeanetta McNealy

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02/06/2013 7:24AM
Should Alachua County students have the entire week of Thanksgiving off?
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02/06/2013 7:42AM
Thanksgiving week: Trish Foster, Putnam County Resident
Putnam County added this entire week off this year for the first time. As a parent who splits holidays with my childs father this was helpful. This year will be my thanksgiving with my child so I put in for a vacation week at work and will now be able to enjoy the whole week, with my child preparing for our holiday with family. This also helps when traveling out of town as we do every year at this time. I would also like to add, I love listening to you every morning as i start my workday. Great music choice.
02/06/2013 7:46AM
Thanks, Trish!
Great comments, Trish! Thanks for your input! -Chris
02/06/2013 9:03AM
Can see the point, but not in favor: Janice Kaplan, Gainesville
I never thought about the split-custody benefit of this scheduling - that's an interesting point taken, Trish. That being said, I don't buy the "nothing is accomplished in two days" argument because I still think they could be put to good use. We had the same schedule when I was a kid and I don't recall it being a waste of time at all. We had assignments to do, then maybe the last hour of the second day we had a class party. And the majority of families I know don't travel for an entire week over Thanksgiving. They already have that Wednesday off as it is to help with getting from place to place. A full week off is also a hardship for working parents. Yes, child are facilities are open - but it's not like they're free. On such holidays, care generally costs $20-25 per day. So it's up to an extra $50 that they have to spend at a time when people are having a hard time affording the basics as it is.
02/06/2013 4:39PM
I have employees and friends who have young children and cannot afford any more child care. Seems like the kids are never in school as it is. Will these days be added to the school year or will kids just get cheated out of some of their education? I could agree with this if the days were made up and the kids received the education they deserve.
02/07/2013 12:15AM
Is it educationally sound?
Is it educationally sound to give students more days off during the school year? Research shows NO for most students. The longer students have off, the more class time is needed for teachers to reteach material when students return.
02/07/2013 6:16AM
The days will be made up
The days will be made up at the end of the school calendar.
02/07/2013 8:15AM
Take it from me, it works
As a new resident to Alachua from a county that already had the week off, we were very happy to see this change made. IMO kids have been to schools that had both schedules and I can say that very little education was accomplished in an a Mon/Tues school week. It is a welcome break and did not adversely affect my kids education, but did make traveling and visiting family much easier. As for child care, I find it much more difficult to manage the every Wed early release. I fail to understand how that helps my education. It is supposed to be for teacher development, but in outr prior 2 couties((both in the top of the state), this was accomplished in a single half-day early release per quarter which is far easier to manage than a consistent weekly early-release.
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