Opinion / Editorial
School board plans for shorter fall and winter breaks
April 17, 2013Douglass High School
The Atlanta school board reneged on its promise for week-long fall and winter breaks, instead recommending three-day breaks. The school board believes that this change would make it easier for parents to find child care.
APS students would have three days off surrounding Columbus Day in October and around Presidents day in February. The previous idea would have stretched the school year, with school starting the first Monday in August and ending before Memorial Day.
Altering the school year has driven angry parents in neighboring school district. School board members and Superintendent Erroll Davis also said they were concerned the companies that offer services such as remediation classes and Academic enhancement activities during school breaks might have a difficult time extending those services for a full week.
David noted that more students tend to miss school during partial week, when their families may be tending to take vacations surrounding the days off. Yet he also stated, “The school district needs to be capable of providing support services if students have 5 straight days off.”
The board said it intends to give additional study to a shorter summer break, more breaks in the fall and winter and a later end of school before considering whether to enact a plan in the future.
By Alexis Bohannon