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Pasco officials consider week off for Thanksgiving 2014



Pasco school district leaders made clear that a weeklong Thanksgiving vacation in 2012 was a one-time thing, a morale booster at a time when the district couldn't afford raises. The fact that Veterans Day fell on a Sunday made the decision easier, because no one would have to debate whether to have classes on that day.

In 2014, Veterans Day falls on a Tuesday. That isn't stopping district officials from entertaining the notion of returning to a full week off for Thanksgiving, even though it would mean that students would go to school on the holiday honoring military vets in order to meet state semester attendance requirements.

Kevin Shibley, district executive director of administration, said he has explored several calendar configurations with a committee, which has also discussed the pros and cons of teaching kids about Veterans Day rather than having them sit at home on the holiday. He sent options to superintendent Kurt Browning, who expects to make a recommendation to the School Board by mid December.

In the past, some teachers have encouraged the board to hold school on Veterans Day as a way to make it more meaningful. That would provide the opportunity to bring in veterans and have them share information with classes, they contended. The district also has heard opposition to the idea of opening on Veterans Day, with some people considering it disrespectful.

What's your view on Veterans Day and Thanksgiving?

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:22am]


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