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Offline SolEX01

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No Greek School on Halloween?
« on: October 28, 2008, 02:45:24 PM »
I find it absolutely bizarre that Greek School will not meet on Halloween at my Church?  Are other Greek Schools meeting on Halloween?

To compound things in my Community, the Greek festival takes place the following Friday through the weekend.  I can see why Greek School is not held for a Greek festival but for Halloween?

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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008, 03:02:36 PM »
Private schools may of course take any holidays they choose.  Perhaps they are just avoiding the hub bub many children find oabout Halloween (I remember as achild, my public school just had a party all day as the kids were too busy with visions of candy corn and candied apples in our mind all day to get much out of school) or perhaps they do not want their children coming in  wanting to dress in costumes for school that day---some secular schools allow this. I am sure they may have a reason for this perhaps it would be best to ask the school authorities.

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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008, 03:08:55 PM »
I know of one Greek school that doesn't meet because they had 90+% absence rates the previous time Halloween fell on that day; making it a day off saved the teachers the hassle of the preparation time and commute.
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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2008, 04:54:41 PM »
Even for public schools, the only holidays mandated are the federal ones (Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day). The schools can take any other holidays they want. I know of several schools around here that close the day before the beginning of deer season (It always on a Saturday in Missouri) due to low attendance. If the community wants it to be a holiday, it can be. Private schools, of course, have much more flexibility in these matters, and can close whenever for whatever reason.

That said, I know of no schools in this area, private or public, which are closing on Halloween.
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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2008, 05:02:55 PM »
Even for public schools, the only holidays mandated are the federal ones (Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day). The schools can take any other holidays they want. I know of several schools around here that close the day before the beginning of deer season (It always on a Saturday in Missouri) due to low attendance. If the community wants it to be a holiday, it can be. Private schools, of course, have much more flexibility in these matters, and can close whenever for whatever reason.

That said, I know of no schools in this area, private or public, which are closing on Halloween.

Well, I think the OP is referring to a Greek-language afternoon school, not a full-time or day school, which is why this cancellation is even considered.
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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2008, 05:05:05 PM »
I can't imagine that if it's after regular school, that hardly anyone would go.

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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2008, 05:07:05 PM »
I can't imagine that if it's after regular school, that hardly anyone would go.

Right.  After-school language programs have a hard enough time as it is enticing students to come instead of participating in some school-related extracurricular.  Now they're also competing with a once-yearly Diabetes Promotion Day which (nowadays, not when I was young) is restricted to daylight hours.  "Forget Greek School" is the sentiment of most youth on Halloween.
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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2008, 05:08:41 PM »
Well, I think the OP is referring to a Greek-language afternoon school, not a full-time or day school, which is why this cancellation is even considered.
Oh, well in that case, I can see a very good reason to close. Anything scheduled after 4 PM on a Halloween that falls on a Friday is going to be attended only by paid staff.
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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2008, 05:09:05 PM »
Well, I think the OP is referring to a Greek-language afternoon school, not a full-time or day school, which is why this cancellation is even considered.

Absolutely correct.   ;D

I see where a 90% absence rate on Halloween = an extra week of planning.  Honestly, when I attended afternoon Greek School, I didn't recall taking Halloween off.  How times have changed....   ::)

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Re: No Greek School on Halloween?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2008, 05:25:59 PM »
Oh, well in that case, I can see a very good reason to close. Anything scheduled after 4 PM on a Halloween that falls on a Friday is going to be attended only by paid staff.

Exactly; and many Greek school teachers in this country are volunteers, which makes the situation more difficult.

I see where a 90% absence rate on Halloween = an extra week of planning. 

Yeah - a wasted week.  Poor teachers, to spend the time planning a lesson, only to have most of the kids not show up.

Honestly, when I attended afternoon Greek School, I didn't recall taking Halloween off.  How times have changed....   ::)

I don't think we did, but I could be wrong, especially since (when I was in) Greek School was 2 nights per week (90 minutes per night).  Of course, this was almost two decades ago. 
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