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One student is urging the DOE to change its school calendar for next year. Credit: Tirachard Kumtanom

The 2024-25 school year calendar is live, and one Brooklyn student noticed something that doesn’t quite make sense. Winter break is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 24 and run through the following Wednesday, January 1. This means that Monday, December 23 is a one-day week. So, seventh grader Isaac Regnier took things into his own hands and created a petition asking Chancellor David Banks to give students that day off.

After noticing the odd schedule, Isaac said he emailed Mayor Eric Adams and Chancellor David Banks. Neither responded, so he decided to create the petition. While it may not seem like a big deal to some, Isaac knows that the likelihood of parents allowing their kids to start their break a day early is high. We all know the last day before break is usually filled with more holiday cheer than learning. So while they won’t miss much academically, those who opt not to show up will miss that fun last day before the break and lower their attendance rate.

So far, the online petition has more than 3,000 signatures.

When asked if he thinks he will take the day off if the DOE keeps the schedule as is, Isaac said “this is a hard question for me because I don’t like to be absent. I was only absent three times this year. Also, I got perfect attendance for November, December, January, February, March, and April. But since right now it looks like there’s a one-day week of school I probably will miss school on Monday.”

What do you think of the one-day week next December? Let us know in our poll. If you agree with Isaac, sign the petition here.

Nicole Perrino is the founder of Bronxmama.com, a hyperlocal website for Bronx families where she use her influence to celebrate the beauty that the Bronx has to offer. In addition to her role at Bronxmama,...

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