Apr 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm
ST. STEPHEN, Minn. (KNSI) - Sartell students are getting their week long spring break back.
The move to reinstate a five-day break at the end of March for the 2013-2014 was approved by the Sartell-St. Stephen School board during Monday night's meeting at the St. Stephen City Hall.
Sartell Middle School principal Julie Tripp was part of a District Calendar Committee, created by the school board and made up of staff, parents and administrators.
The committee, which fielded over 1,700 survey responses from Sartell parents and staff members, found the majority were in favor of bringing back an uninterrupted week of spring vacation.
Tripp said many felt like the decision to swap spring break for a series of long weekends was made without enough community input last year, and so the committee wanted to be as transparent as possible in their reconsideration.
"There were a lot of concerns that there wasn't enough public input last year, so the board of education put us in charge of the process of taking another look," Tripp says. "The results were overwhelming, and they prefer to have that break back in the calendar."
According to the survey results, 37 percent of parents and 34 percent of staff are in favor of one longer break as opposed to several long weekends throughout the spring, with an overwhelming majority of students favoring the break.
Tripp says the board and district administrators "learned a lot" in the process of reevaluating last year's decision.
"This was a very open and transparent process, and that's what we want - input from our parents, students and staff," Tripp says. "It's not that people are going to vote, but we need that insight into what's not only best for our students' education, but also our family values."
Students will also have one extra school day in February, and another in April, to meet school day requirements without needing to add a Monday at the end of the school year.
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