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Spring Breaks
What is the best approach for our Spring Breaks?
Some Basics
• Until 2005 our Spring Breaks were aligned with local schools
• last aligned Spring Break was March 28 - April 1, 2005
• of 15 weeks, 11 weeks usually fell before Spring Break and 4 weeks after
• schools place their Spring Break between the GHSGT and the CRCT
• GHSGT administered on 5 consecutive days within the last two weeks of March
• CRCT administered on 9 consecutive days during the month of April
• Starting in 2006 we moved our Spring Break to mid March
• as negative consequences surfaced, a survey was administered
• survey results were inconclusive (see next slide)
2006 Survey*: Do You Prefer the new Spring Break?
(n=963)
Student Responses
Faculty Responses
40%
35%
30%
25%
20%
15%
35%
29%
36%
10%
5%
0%
Yes
No
Don't Care
50%
45%
40%
35%
30%
25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
44%
40%
16%
Yes
No
Don't Care
* Participants were not given any information as to the pros and cons of the new Spring Break.
Consequences of the New Spring Break
• Since 2006 the number of service hours provided to the
community have been significantly reduced:
• College of Education, College of Nursing, Communication Disorders
• Since 2006 students loose valuable instructional time in
practicum programs
• Since 2006 students and faculty with school-aged
children have to make arrangements for childcare when
schools are on break but when VSU is in session
• Staff members (e.g. secretaries) too have issues when
VSU is in session but their kids are on break
• Thus VSU members with school-aged children have not
had a Spring Break since 2006
Spending the 2013 Spring Break at VSU
Alex and Evan with their Mom (student)
Emily with her Mom
(student, husband deployed)
Spending the 2013 Spring Break at VSU
Katrina with her Mom (faculty)
Jacob with his Mom (student)
Spending the 2013 Spring Break at VSU
Madison with her Mom (student)
Banks with his Mom (student)
Spending the 2013 Spring Break at VSU
Oya with her Dad (faculty)
Rena, Callie and Jacob with their Dad
(student)
Guidelines for Future Spring Semesters?
• Start for each Spring Semester (First Day of Class):
• In the second full week of January (to allow enough time for orientation)
• Scheduling of Spring Break
• in late March to accommodate the GHSGT & CRCT schedules
• Suggested future Spring Break Dates, starting with 2015:
• 2015: March 23-27
(First Day of Class: January 12)
• 2016: March 28-April 1
(First Day of Class: January 11)
• 2017: March 27-31
(First Day of Class: January 9)
• 2018: March 26-30
(First Day of Class: January 8)
• This leaves 4 semester weeks after each Spring Break
(In comparison to only one week left after Thanksgiving.)
Endnotes
• In 2013 VSU’s Spring Break was March 18-22 and local
schools had theirs April 1-5
• Was it really not possible to move them to March 25-29?
• It is not practical to consider Easter for the planning of breaks
• Easter is a lunar holiday, with Easter Sunday falling on the first
Sunday after Spring Full Moon
• Easter Sunday can be as early as March 23 (2008) or as late as
April 24 (2011)
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