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Letter: Going to school is a privilege

Old Bethpage Elementary School students Lena Hemmerdinger, 8,

Old Bethpage Elementary School students Lena Hemmerdinger, 8, left, and Sarah Bluestein, 8, right, dressed as their favorite book characters during school on Feb. 16, 2016. The Plainview-Old Bethpage district is one of the only Long Island public school systems in session this week; most are closed for winter break. Credit: Johnny Milano

I commend the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district for holding classes the week of Feb. 15, but I was taken aback by the district’s apologetic demeanor [“No winter break for one district,” News, Feb. 17].

Being educated and having the ability to attend school do not equate to students being punished. Look at the children around the world who risk their lives to attend school or who wish they had that option.

Winter break was a creation of the 1970s energy crisis and is unnecessary today, especially with snow days off. It’s much better for students to keep up the momentum of their learning, rather than have it interrupted by so many vacation days. No wonder American children lag so far behind in academic performance on a global level.

Wendy C. Turgeon, St. James