Monday Was A Make-Up Day For Many Students
Should all schools close on Presidents’ Day?
For most families, it was a cool, take-it-easy kind of day. But, if you’re one of the many households that braved the snow the past couple of weeks, then yesterday was a make-up day for students, which has some parents outraged.
Presidents’ Day first became a federal holiday in 1879 to celebrate president George Washington’s birthday, which is actually on February 22. It has since evolved into a day where not only Washington is celebrated, but Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday falls on February 12, as well.
So, if Presidents’ Day is a day to honor presidents, past and present, then all schools should be closed in observance, right? Well, not according to some districts across the nation who used the day as a make-up day for students, and surprisingly parents weren’t thrilled about it either comparing it to other holidays that allow students time off despite the weather conditions. According to the Associated Press, the severe snowstorms left schools in at least 10 states maxed out on the number of days students can miss.
Moreover, the National Center for Education Statistics says that on average, states require 180 in-class days per year, and if districts don’t find a way to make up time, then they won’t hit that number, so many schools felt that it was necessary to make-up one of those days during Presidents’ Day. Superintendent, Denia Reese from Georgia says, “I believe it is important to maintain our spring break and end school according to our original calendar.” Some schools are even adding minutes on to each school day in order to end the school year on time.
Is Presidents’ Day just another day, or should time during Spring Break be substituted instead?