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Should Spring Breaks Be Staggered?

Depending on whom you ask, spring break just ended or happened weeks ago. Are the staggered spring breaks a good thing, or should schools aim to schedule their breaks at the same time?

It’s back to school today for students in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.

Spring break for the three county school districts was held last week, and pupils are returning to the classroom for the last remaining weeks of school.

But students in these three districts didn’t get to enjoy their time off along with all their peers from other school systems. For instance, nearby Bartow County held its spring break the first week of April.

Spring break also varies for students at local colleges. While those attending Chattahoochee Technical College got their break from classes last week, students at

Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College took their break the first week of March—no classes were held at KSU March 2-8 while Georgia Highlands’ break from classes was March 4-10.

Across the country, the dates of collegiate spring breaks vary. According to inertiatours.com, colleges’ spring breaks this year began as early as Feb. 23, though March was the most popular month for the time off.

How do you feel about your schools’ spring break dates? Should schools collaborate on scheduling their spring breaks, or are varying dates OK?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Albert April 15, 2013 at 06:19 PM
It may be good that schools staggar their spring break. It helps to curve the spring break flash mobs in Panama City and Martle Beach. Maybe not good for small business.
trisha crawley April 15, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Went to Jekyll Island camping last week and it felt like we had the island to ourselves. I can't complain here!
Social Concepts & Development Services April 16, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I say do it all together and have it later where there is better weather. For those of us who want to travel out of state, I say that's great. For those who want to remain in state, I say we make it a destination spot with lots of activities, hotel and restaurant discounts, fairs, family fun stuff, etc. Let the metro area generate our own hype and keep the money in the city. (To include helping to pay off that new stadium).
Stanford B. Myers April 17, 2013 at 08:04 PM
No, because families with multiple kids might want to take a short vacation together.
Marlene Mitchell April 18, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I have no skin in the game, as my kids are out of college now, but it might be nice to have some coordination. I remember having family vacations kinda come to an end at this point.

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