Several school districts making changes to February break

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — February vacation is melting away for some Rhode Island school districts.

Warwick Mall was packed with parents and kids Monday because of school break – but for some, time off could soon be on the chopping block.

President’s Day is usually the beginning of a week off for students; but for Providence and many other districts, the holiday will now become part of a long weekend. This year, many superintendents opted to take off only Monday and Tuesday.

Districts that have shorter February breaks this year:

Burrillville 2/15 – 2/16
Cumberland 2/15 – 2/17
Foster 2/15 – 2/16
Glocester 2/15 – 2/16
Jamestown 2/15 – 2/16
North Kingstown 2/15 – 2/16
North Providence 2/15 – 2/16
Providence 2/15 – 2/16
Smithfield 2/15 – 2/16
Tiverton 2/15 – 2/16

Some parents said they didn’t mind the schedule change.

Liz Lilly, of Warwick, admitted that it can be hard for her to find daycare for her children.

“I am a working parent so for me it gets tough finding childcare for a full week off,” she said. “They just had Christmas break so for me I would rather they just have a couple days off.”

Some think kids should stay in school now, that way summer vacation can begin sooner even with the additional snow days that will be added on to the end of the school year.

“Absolutely, I think more time in class would be better and they have enough vacation as is,” added Marcus Thomas of Warwick.

Still, other parents say they enjoy the extra time the kids have at home for winter break.

The Department of Education said it does not have an opinion on how long winter break should be, as long as every school hits the necessary number of school days every year.

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