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Parent Talk: Spring Break In St. Michael-Albertville

Spring break returned to St. Michael-Albertville this year for the first time in several years.

Spring break finally returned to St. Michael-Albertville and the weather this week couldn’t have been planned to be better. With temperatures in the 70 degree range, the parks are already getting great traffic and most kids already have their bikes down.

Personally I’ve got a love/hate relationship with spring break. I love the time off of the routine of life, no packing of lunches, no setting of alarm clocks and just a little more flexibility in the day to do. The hate comes in with the lack of structure (especially at bedtime!) and the most popular question in our house, Can I have a sleepover?

The decision to add a spring break to this year’s school calendar was a popular discussion last year for the school board who received multiple requests from families to add one.

“We’ve had a lot of constituent feedback,” board member Doug Birk

Former Superintendent Dr. Marcia Ziegler explained that it’s not as simple as just giving the kids a week off in March. There’s testing dates and contract dates and end of the year dates to keep in mind when finding the chunk of time to take off.

Patch asked on Facebook last week what St. Michael-Albertville had planned this week and many were headed out of town. Florida, California, The Dells and even a Disney Cruise.

But would you have taken those trips without spring break?

Now that we have a spring break, what do you think? Did you plan your vacation around the dates or just take the kids out of school a different week? Are you taking time off of work to run with the kids or is life business as usual around your house?

Patch wants to know how it is you’re spending spring break and if having a spring break matters to you and your family.

Bex March 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I'd rather see a discussion on school beginning the day after Labor Day and ending sometime during the week before Memorial Day. However, that is not the topic here :) If we were to plan a vacation, it would be planned around our family's schedule not the school schedule.
JK March 14, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I really do not like having a Spring Break. It is just an extra burden of cost and paying extra for daycare for our family. It is not cost effective to take a "Spring Break" vacation when everyone else does. I would rather the kids get out of school a week earlier, or start a week later.
KK March 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
If you count the 6 days for spring break and the 8 days for x-mas, that's 14 days off for the students in the last 2/12 months. I get that for the whole year!! Oh I forgot to mention 1 teacher workshop day on Jan.13th, Martin Luther King Jr. day, and Presidents day.Can we give them anymore? This is ridiculous!! Graduation on Friday June 8th of city day's sure will be nice won't it?
BCS March 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I think a spring break is a great break for the kids. I understand that extra daycare and some time off work isn't exactly what most parents want but they would have to do these same things if school ended a week early or started a week late. Parents forget that kids need a break sometimes from all of the studying and homework. So I don't look at spring break as a burden but more as a time to relax and just be a kid.
BAW March 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
My old school distract, the kids had way more days off. Is it that there is to much truancy in this distract to allow time off. My high school kids think so. They feel that they don't get vacation days much to guaranteeing that all pass with the required number of hours to go on to the next grade. Makes you think. I myself love to have the kids home for spring break. They need breaks as much as we do. School is a lot of work, parents forget that sometimes.
Happy in St. Michael March 16, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I second everything BCS said. We've enjoyed time with our kids and both of us took off work tomorrow so we can have a nice family day. We've LOVED the perfect weather we've had this week, too; think of how antsy the kids would be in class this week. :) As a former teacher in schools, I saw firsthand that kids, teachers, and staff all need breaks every now and then to relax and recover. Kids look forward to it and so do I. We don't take vacations during that time, though we'd consider it, but it's a nice excuse to spend extra time with your kids. Shorter summer breaks actually allow children to retain more knowledge; longer breaks mean more review time required at the beginning of each year. There have been tons of studies that show this. Year-round schools formed in response to this and I LOVED working in one. 5 weeks on, 2 weeks off; 1 month summer break. Of course, we need a decent summer break in Minnesota, so year-round probably wouldn't work here. Most families would be paying for an extra week of childcare in the summer without spring break, so the argument about childcare costs is moot unless you are typically off in the summer. Remember that the school district has mandated amounts of days of instruction and teacher workshop days, plus national holidays, so they can only change whether or not you have spring break; thus, affecting the start and end of school. It's about 60/40 split in favor of spring break, so they can't make everyone happy.
Mike Keating March 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Spring break is a critical and a highly needed break for the kids!! Remember, family and activities are just as important, if not more important than school, which really should be secondary in our lives This society has spun out of control when it comes to State, Nation, and Worldly competition and the ridiculously fast pace of the world.. It all comes down to greed and the fight for the almighty Dollar!! This will be the demise of our family structure and society. In fact it may be too late!! Didn't mean to go off on a tangent, yet we need to realize this and stop worrying if were going to make our Nation or State required test scores.... Who really cares !! My kids will learn how to read etc without all this ridiculous fast paced competition. Slow Down !! Let the kids have their breaks and live their lives normally like we did when we were younger!! They are only kids once!! It's time to restructure what our true values are in this society. We are already burning ourselves out including our children !!
Genuinely Curious March 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Couldn't agree more with those in favor of Spring Break...sure, it requires some schedule juggling...but it's not like the dates sneak up on you, you know about them nearly a year in advance...it's great for the kids to recharge for a week or so, and gear up for the final push. Especially when we have a long, cold winter (not this year!) they really need that time...none of my kids were given homework (end of the Trimester), so it's really a true break. We love it!
PB&J March 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
We have truly missed it the past years. We started saving the moment we spotted it on the calendar and went to Hawaii.
Bex April 28, 2012 at 01:34 PM
@ Mike Keating - I totally agree!!!!

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