Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Were you in school or out?

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Did you have school on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

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  2. No

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  3. Not applicable/Outside U.S.

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  4. It's a Teacher Workday

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  1. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm just curious who has (and who does not have) the day off!
     
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  3. Missy

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    It's 9am and 3 degrees here in Ohio; I'm lucky to be at home!
     
  4. Mamacita

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    My old school system has never celebrated MLK Day, or much of anything else, for that matter. Fall Break, Christmas, and Spring Break. That was it. NOTHING else, unless it snowed really, really deep. I'm off today because the college celebrates MLK Day, but it's a regular teaching day for my husband at the high school here.
     
  5. JenPooh

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    All the public school's are open where I am located. Government jobs are off, not much else. I would imagine many school's would feel obligated to be closed other days as well if they were closed on MLK day (Columbus Day etc.) The government jobs have off on those other days as well, but not our school's.
     
  6. Beth2004

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    The schools in my area have all holidays off....Labor day, Columbus day, Memorial day, President's day, MLK day....all of the "Monday holidays"
     
  7. clarnet73

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    We're off Veteran's Day (but not a monday/friday, the actual day it falls on, odd!), Colombus Day, Labor Day, MLK Day, President's Day (or lIncoln's B-day, IL thinks it's a huge deal!), Casmir Pulaski Day (that's our March holiday, he was a Polish general in the Revolutionary War)...
     
  8. Beth2004

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    Clarnet,

    I think it's funny that you have Casmir Pulaski Day off from school because I have never heard of that holiday, but a school in the city I live in is named after him!
     
  9. Mamacita

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    We never got off for anything except the ones I mentioned before, but we did get off for summer vacation the second week of May. Is your school year extended because of all the vacations?
     
  10. clarnet73

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    We go until either the last week of MAy or first week of June, depending on the specfic districts... my school doesn't do inservice days (private school), but we're off 3 days for Thanksgiving, a week at spring break (we also often have Good Friday off, depending), and 2 weeks for Christmas... I still don't understand how, if we're going the same # of days as everyone else, we don't get out earlier...

    We're basically out one holiday a month...

    September- Labor Day
    October- Columbus Day
    November- Veteran's Day plus Thanksgiving
    December- Christmas/Winter break
    January- MLK Day
    February- President's Day
    March- Pulaski Day (plus spring break the last week)
    April- Good Friday, if it falls here, or Spring break is usually the beginning of the month)
    May- Memorial Day

    Then we get out 1st week in June.
     
  11. AMK

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    The kids had off today but the teachers did not. Since I work at a Catholic school we had a spiritual retreat this morning. We got there at 9 and left at 12:30. It was nice but could have used one more day to sleep in.
    This afternoon my mom and I went to see Meet The Fockers..it was great!
     
  12. czacza

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    Professional day for teachers- no kids!! (so is that a yes vote, we had school- I did, or no because the kids did not so I didn't teach?!)
     
  13. Amanda

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    I added that option!
     
  14. diggerdeb

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    We start school the Wed. after Labor Day and go until the third week in June. We are in session 180 days.

    New York
     
  15. Amanda

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    Okay, so I added an option AFTER the poll started... not very scientific. However, someone contacted me about changing their vote to the "teacher workday" option, and I can do that. Just send me a PM and tell me what your original vote was for.
     
  16. SpecialPreskoo

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    WE had school. We weren't supposed to BUT hurricane IVAN had other plans. We also lost our day in February... president's day or something. We don't get off again until SPRING BREAK March 21st!!!!! I feel a cold coming on about mid-Feb... LOL. Gonna have to take a sick day!

    Lori
     
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    There is a lot of debate over our being out today. We aren't out for Veteran's Day, President's Day, any other holidays like that, but we are out today. It seems a little like we are choosing the ones we think are important enough to honor.
     
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    We were the only school in at least 3 counties to have school yesterday. *sigh* Oh well, I tell myself maybe that will help us get out one day earlier than the others in the summer, lol.
     
  19. Prissypants

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    The school systems in my area are all out for MLK day. Sometimes a school chooses to make it a professional development day, but the kids never go. The second year that I taught, our school system was out for about 4 days with a severe flu epidemic. They chose to make up one of those days by using MLK day. It caused a huge uproar, the news was there and we got a lot of bad press for not respecting minorities. I'm not sure that was the case, but since then no one even offers to have class on that day.
     
  20. JenPooh

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    Why is it that people automatically throw a tantrum when something like that happens? Makes no sense to me and I come from a multicultural family. People need to grow up and move on.
     
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    I don't know. I really didn't feel like the school system was making light of the holiday or the man behind it. They just saw it as a good opportunity to make up a missed day. Still, it caused a big stink, and it made all of the local districts terrified of going to school on MLK day.
     
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    When I was in 6th grade, I didn't think it was fair that our district was out for MLK Day but NOT for President's Day... I actually got a letter printed in the newspaper (kid's section) about "Without MLK, we wouldn't have equal rights, I understand that... but without the Presidents, we wouldn't havem uchc of a country."
     
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    I remember when I was growing up there was school on MLK Day but you could opt to not attend school and not be marked absent.
     
  24. czacza

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    OH my god!! How old are you people? MLK day was only created and recognized starting with Reagan!! I"M OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:
     
  25. Mamacita

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    So am I.
     
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    MLK day was scheduled as a day off. Of course yesterday's freezing rain would have cancelled school if it weren't.
     
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    I think prissypants was just trying to make a point in telling how the city/district took it all wrong when they had school on MLK day. I don't think she said anything about why or how the day was created. She simply stated that people assumed (which happens a lot) what the reasoning behind it was and that it was uncalled for. As for old, I am old enough, but I'm not a grandma. And I believe clarnet was just making a point in saying that equal rights goes both ways, not just one. I understand!!!
     
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    Our district had something similar happen when they wanted to make up school on Memorial Day. Our school district is 75% military???
    Of course, they opted not to. Holidays are to honor people for what they have done, what has weather got to with them. I can't imagine them wanting students to make up school on Presidents Day or Thanksgiving, but feel compelled to cancel other days seemed less important.
     

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