Maryland Governor’s Choice Leads to Shorter Breaks

Seth Cohen

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan was unsatisfied with how the beaches were performing for the state income and decided to keep them open an extra week to help increase their profits.  This meant that schools would go back after Labor Day. He still wanted and wants to end by June 15th as well. So there’s a specific start and end date meaning that all the school days must be fulfilled between the two. However, this has led to a shortage of breaks for the students and teachers.

One of the changes was that the most recent winter break was shortened. This didn’t have too much of an impact since there were still a decent number of days of school off to be able to celebrate the holiday season. It’s always nice to have that break between December and January to transition into the new year. It’s disappointing to see those days go. Winter break has always been a favorite and I’m glad I was able to get in on the last one of its entirety.

The big deal is spring break, as this year is the last year that it’ll be the full length. Next year, however, is going to be a different story. Instead of having the normal week off, April 17-22 will be treated like a long weekend. This has the student body as well as teachers up and arm. Usually students have trips planned and teachers have other fun things lined up as well.

As a senior getting ready to graduate who won’t be impacted by these changes, it’s hard to care about the whole situation. It’s hard to think in the mindset of those who will be affected by the whole situation. It’s been nice having the breaks in their entirety and to those who will now live with the shorter breaks, I hope they make the most of it.

It’ll be interesting to see how people respond to these changes in the next year or so. As for me and the rest of the seniors graduating this year, we’ll sit back and see what people think when they actually experience it.