Break Changes

Emily Ma and Rebecca Muratore

For the past two years, there has been a “longer than usual” December break that lasted for two weeks.  However, due to the scheduling of holidays next year, this may not happen for a third year in a row.

“Labor Day is Sept. 7, which creates a problem because we traditionally start school the day after,” said Schreiber principal Mr. Ira Pernick.

This means that some breaks might have to be shortened, or that the school year might have to end later if we start school the day after Labor Day.

Next year, both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Friday, which already indicates a shorter break than this year’s break.

Unrelated to the December break, the February break could be shortened or entirely cut out.

“Because of the possible late start, I’ve seen that other school districts are shortening their February breaks to make up for the lost time,” said math teacher Ms. Lisa Tecusan.  “I’ve informed my students that this could possibly happen for us.”

The Board of Education decides what the final calendar for each school year will be.

“The district creates a proposed calendar that gets adopted by the Board of Education,” said Mr. Pernick.   “Our calendar for the 2015-2016 school year has not yet been adopted.”

This means that as of now, the break changes are not definite, and the possibility that there will even be changes are only based on speculation.

Most students have negative opinions about the idea of shortened breaks.

“Breaks from school are the only time when we are able to relax and recharge, and if we don’t have enough time off from school, then the stress never goes away,” said freshman Danie DiRuggiero.