The Globe published a recent story/poll Should Massachusetts school districts eliminate February vacation? Boston Globe – March 24, 2021.
Most states around the country have one spring break in March. Massachusetts has both a February break coinciding with Presidents Day and then another in April, coinciding with Patriots Day.
I always heard rumors that the idea of February break was due to heavy lobbying from the New England ski industry. That is sort of true. It has been used by many industries as a marketing opportunity, and would surely run into a lot of resistance from businesses if it were to ever change. I remember as a kid Rex Trailer used to organize a trip to California’s Knotts Berry Farm.
Having been in Disney World as a parent on February vacation week you can’t help but notice the Boston accent, it is wicked cool. No doubt there would be a very large lobbying effort, from various interested parties, to keep the status quo. One thing to consider: ending February break would allow schools to finish a week earlier.
The history of the February break actually dates back to 1916 and before. February School Vacation May Be Over, But How Did It Start? WGBH News – Feb 21, 2016
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