Is March or April better for spring break?

We always enjoyed our April spring break in Gwinnett County. It usually hit around my birthday and whatever we did seemed like special birthday time with my family. But now in Arizona, our spring break is in March, and I don’t like it. My kids are off this week and it just seems too early.

The kids are finally in a good working groove and you ruin that by taking a week off. It’s also still kind of cold. You can’t really swim unless the pool is heated. (And you know I’m not going to Mexico this week.) Plus, the rest of the year seems so long – you’ve got the rest of March, April and May. When you hit April spring break you know you’re almost there!! You’re in the home stretch.

Some teacher friends in Gwinnett thought a March spring break sounded nice, but I think a good four-day weekend would be better. A little break and save the full week for later.

The universities take March spring breaks so I’m not sure if our school district is following the university schedule or what.

They still give Good Friday off before Easter.

When is your spring break? Do you like it earlier or later? Would you want to be off in March? Do you need a break then or do you think the kids need the break more in April?

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I was going to suggest...

March 12th, 2012
1:23 pm

…the timing related to the colleges’ breaks, then I kept reading the article…

Augusta

March 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

April. The weather is generally warmer.

And when does it get cold in Arizona???? It’s in the 80’s all week in Phoenix……

justmy2cents

March 12th, 2012
2:30 pm

I vote for April as well. Most all of the colleges are done with their spring break so you don’t have to worry about too much going on at the beach & hotels/condos that the kiddos don’t need to see. The drawback to April is the the kids only have a week and a half to get focused again to take CRCT. Never understood why they didn’t do CRCT in May. That last month of teaching to cover all the information is needed!

FCM

March 12th, 2012
2:35 pm

Personally i would like it better if school would do them mid month so those of us with finace/accounting jobs (and thankful to have them!) could take time with the family.

My good friend will send wife and children off while he closes Q1 at! the office.

CCRT should be before Spring Break…I know I am fried by then and I don’t take the test!

Stacey

March 12th, 2012
2:41 pm

My son’s spring break is the first week of April but my nephew (GA college freshman) and my family in MS are all out this week. We also had a week off in February. I (as a parent) think it’s too much time off but my son loves it.

RJ

March 12th, 2012
2:58 pm

I would hate a March spring break. April is great, although I wish we could get CRCT over with before we went on Spring Break!

@just, the reason is isn’t in May is because we need to get scores back early enough to re-test students and notify parents. Last year our system ran into the first week of May with testing, but that’s the latest I’ve ever seen. I think everyone was done but us. I hate testing. I mean I really hate testing time, so the earlier the better in my book. Plus, the kids are ready to take the dang thing and get it over with anyway.

Techmom

March 12th, 2012
3:03 pm

Our county is on the balanced calendar so after Christmas break, school was in session for 6 weeks, then they had a week off for “Mid-winter break”. Now they’re back in session for 6 weeks and get another week off in April and then they go back for 7 weeks until summer. I wish my job was on the same schedule- sure would be nice to have a week off every couple of months!

April is much better for spring break IMO simply because it’s typically warmer but even in April it can be hit or miss.

Soccer Milf

March 12th, 2012
3:18 pm

I don’t care as long as Dylan and Carter can witness to their troubled friends at PC. A lot fo their friends re heavily into dope and acid as I am always finding it in Dylan and Carters cars. Dylan and Carter make them put it in the dash instead of using it.

I think the boys are taking them to some spa called Club La Vela to detx and do someting relaxing away from drugs.

Augusta

March 12th, 2012
3:23 pm

Club LaVela to detox…..HAHAHAHAHAHA

Soccer Milf

March 12th, 2012
3:42 pm

I agree FCM…we should change the school calendar to accomadate accountants.

Soccer MILF,(if you really are)...

March 12th, 2012
3:56 pm

…I think I love you (I sound like the Partridge Family – sorry)…

XYZ

March 12th, 2012
4:41 pm

We have had spring break in March and April. The weather has been good 80% of the time. It was cold in Orlando a few years back. Since our daughter is now school age, we make spring break our major vacation and take several mini-vacations throughout the year. We spent our winter break in Savannah – the weather was in the high 70’s, our summer break was in Pigeon Forge – too hot, and our fall break to the Carolinas’ to visit family. I do not remember so many breaks in the “day”.

The CRCT will end the first week of May for us. This was largely due to testing Tuesday – Thursday only. I like it! The school year officially ends in 3 weeks.

motherjanegoose

March 12th, 2012
4:52 pm

As usual, living in different parts of the country opens your eyes to the fact that everyone does things a bit differently. When we were first married, I taught school in TX. They did and I think still do have spring break in March. No big deal for Texas as it is typically warm and many people went to South Padre Island. We lived about 2 hours away and went ourselves. I do prefer to go when the college kids are not there but that is just me. I love all sorts of people but hate a crowded noisy beach when I am trying to RELAX. I am in crowds most every week I am working. I am even fine in crowds when I am taking a city vacation but not at the beach. No matter when the breaks are planned, it will not be perfect for all involved. Re: when should school start and end…we have been arguing about this forever! I have no dog in the fight now and it does not matter to me!

malleesmom

March 12th, 2012
5:46 pm

this is our first March spring break; next week for us. It wouldn’t be so bad if the kids got out in May but they’re in school until June! so I’d rather have an April break. I am not going be be happy with kids still in school after Memorial Day. ugh.

justmy2cents

March 12th, 2012
5:52 pm

@ RJ, I know, I work for the district. But there is at least an extra 2 weeks that could be squeezed in, and if they went to the hand held devices for inputting of tests, they could have results back as soon as the tests are over. The problem with that, since I am in IT, is that kids (and teachers) are notorious for not following directions and the data would be entered all wrong, therefore skewing it terribly.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 12th, 2012
6:37 pm

Haha..Spring Break starts the breaking of the bank. Prom comes next to steal the college fund. Lastly comes Graduation to really put parents in the Poor House.

motherjanegoose

March 13th, 2012
8:00 am

@SMART…my two had part time jobs and that did not happen here.

motherjanegoose

March 13th, 2012
8:05 am

@ just…I am curious about something, after your comment: This past fall a teacher, out of state, was anxious about her Kinders taking computerized tests after only being in school for 6 weeks. This was not an affluent area. I would have been concerned too as they had not been in school very long. Many have told me that ALL children know how to handle a computer. I approach it from an educational aspect but your thoughts would be more in the IT world. Please comment. Thanks!

justmy2cents

March 13th, 2012
9:47 am

Usually the children can handle the computers better than the adults. If the test was on the computer, I would not fret. It is the handhelds that cause the issue. Much like “bubbling” in the test, with those, you get 1 number off, and failure-ville it is.

DB

March 13th, 2012
11:05 am

Ours was always in March, and I loved it — it was a great chance for us to get some skiing in, and we loved going to Colorado and spending almost a week on the slopes. The years we didn’t go skiing gave us a chance to do some traveling around the country and enjoy parks and places of historic interest when they weren’t slammed with hot, sweaty tourists. :-)