There, critics argued that attendance would be low on those days no matter what, since families had likely already planned their travel.
For many people, winter break is important family time, and not just because of the holidays contained therein.
“The school calendar isn’t designed in a way that supports modern families, working parents, single parents,” says Jennifer Davis, an education researcher at Harvard.
Some families may wish that winter break were shorter so that they didn’t have to worry about child care.
Teachers often find themselves caught in the middle, having to navigate their own needs for a long break with those of the students they’re charged with supporting.

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