Schools see more holiday absences (N&R)

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N&R excerpt:

More students than usual were no-shows in some Guilford County Schools on Good Friday, getting a head start on the spring break that starts Monday.

Some administrators said they expected the absences because this was the first time in several years that district schools and offices were open on the holiday.

Good Friday typically falls within spring break, but the Board of Education took a different approach with the 2007-08 calendar after some teachers and parents said they preferred to start their weeklong vacation after Easter.

“We knew some people were going out of town,” said Denise Schroeder, principal of Reedy Fork Elementary. “We didn’t realize that many people were.”

Both Reedy Fork Elementary and Northwest High saw their student attendance rates drop from about 95 percent to 90 percent. Northwest Principal Angelo Kidd said there was a slight decrease in teacher attendance, and about 200 students signed out of class after lunch. Irving Park Elementary reported 90 student absences, about 85 more than usual.

“People in the past have had this day off,” Kidd said. “Many went ahead and scheduled family trips, and many are observing the religious holiday.”

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