I have two words in support of a two-week spring break: Shift work.
My husband works in the ER and his shifts frequently take him away from home in the evenings and weekends.
It’s not uncommon for him to start a shift at 3 p.m. when our kids are coming home from school.
Many of the almost 30 ER docs at Royal Inland Hospital (and a far greater number of nurses, other medical professionals and support services) have kids enrolled in SD73 schools.
The current two-week spring break enables twice as many of these physicians to have precious time with their kids.
This group has fine-tuned their scheduling system to fairly divvy up long-weekends and holidays (ie. time with their kids).
Moving to a one-week spring break cuts into this significantly.
I in no way discount that a two-week break requires twice as much child care for many parents.
For this, I wish I had a solution. But I urge you to consider this: Parents requiring child care from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. are more often able to eat dinner with their family and tuck their kids into bed than their shift-working counterparts. The two-week spring break is vital to boosting valuable time for parents and kids to be together. Day time off equals time with kids.
Employers of shift workers in the School District 73 boundary include Royal Inland Hospital, more than a dozen care facilities, our mines, our mill, law enforcement, fire fighters and many others.
Thank you for your consideration of those who serve our community evening, nights and weekends.