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Superintendents propose eliminating February break

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By Dana Griffin

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PROVIDENCERI- Kids are just weeks away from starting summer vacation. This year's winter forced Rhode Island schools to take several snow days, pushing the end date back to June 30th.

School superintendents are now proposing to cut February vacation.

Smithfield Superintendent, Robert O'Brien said, "Because of especially what's happened with the weather lately, you get kids in very, very hot classrooms and I question how much learning is going on when you're in a classroom that's 80–90 degrees."

It’s a move the Cumberland school district already implemented. This year their students get out a week earlier.

"I don't think you'll ever get an agreement on the school calendar but overall, I think now, folks in June are pretty happy in Cumberland, "said Cumberland superintendent, Phil Thornton.

Mother, Joan McCarthy said, "It's good to have the kids in school. They'll learn more.

"I think kids deserve a break just like everybody else does and I think it'd be wrong to cancel it," said Scott Senecil.

Maureen Grandchamp said, "I don't think it would be right for these kids to lose their vacation because this is when parents plan trips for them to give them a break from school."

"Its winter cold months; the kids aren't really out and about doing anything and they'll be out of school a little bit earlier depending on snow days," said Debra Young.

If implemented, the schools would give students a four–day weekend which will include President's Day and would begin the 2015–2016 school year.

The Rhode Island School Superintendents Association is conducting a poll and comment period before making a final recommendation to the school districts.

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