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Letter: Students should go to school full time, all year ’round

This is a first-grade classroom at Branch Brook

This is a first-grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

A letter writer was upset that his district canceled the February school break because students and teachers “need a breather between December and April breaks” [“Students need February break,” March 7].

In the real world, most people work five days a week and get a breather on the weekends. They work 50 weeks a year and get a two-week vacation. I would love to have had a job with breathers in December, February, April and June through September — as well as holidays, snow days, the Friday after Thanksgiving, teacher meeting days and any other excuse the schools can come up with!

As a taxpayer, I find the school year too full of breathers and lax scheduling. A student’s job is to go to school; it should be a full-time job, five days a week, 12 months a year.

Kathleen Ledford, Yaphank