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Students comment on the shortened winter break

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Students comment on the shortened winter break

The red dots on the calendar indicate days that are included in winter break. Of those days only eight are days of school that will be missed (including the teacher workday on Jan. 2).

The red dots on the calendar indicate days that are included in winter break. Of those days only eight are days of school that will be missed (including the teacher workday on Jan. 2).

The red dots on the calendar indicate days that are included in winter break. Of those days only eight are days of school that will be missed (including the teacher workday on Jan. 2).

The red dots on the calendar indicate days that are included in winter break. Of those days only eight are days of school that will be missed (including the teacher workday on Jan. 2).

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In previous years, winter break has been up to two weeks long. A time to finally relax after dragging through school after  Thanksgiving break, which never seems long enough.

However, this year and in future years, as evidenced by proposed GCS calendars, students are not too happy with it.

“I think we should not shorten the break,” junior Evan Lewis said. “Students will leave early for vacation and miss school.”

Many families plan breaks months in advance. Most of these families expected the long winter break they were used too.

“Most people can’t do what they want for the holidays,” junior Claire Halterman said. “There isn’t enough time.”

It is also a time to visit with family members that students typically don’t see.

“I usually use the break to spend time with my family and friends,” Halterman said. “I also use it as a mental break from school.”

A lot of students use this time to take a break from the anxiety that is school. This year with break only being a week long, students feel that its not much of a break at all.

“I think they should take into account the students’ opinions,” Lewis said.

One possible reason for the drastically short break may be due to the expected weather. This winter season is predicted to be one of the worst in North Carolina history with snow storms and ice rain.

“I think we shouldn’t have to make up days due to the weather,” Halterman said. “It’s not our fault there is snow on the ground.”

This seems to be the most popular opinion, while some students do believe they are days that should be made up.

“I think we should makeup those days,” Lewis said. “I don’t think they should be taken from holidays though.”

A few students share this opinion and believe that these possible makeup days could be dealt with in other ways.

“I think they should be added to the end of the year,” Lewis said.

This solution is not a favorable one among high school teachers. Exam dates, especially for AP classes, are fast approaching and do not get moved for bad weather.

There seems to not be many solutions to this issue, yet people are not happy with the one that was chosen.

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