MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They’ll be no more week-long spring trips to Disneyworld, Cancun or Daytona Beach for some Minnesota students.

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is doing away with spring break.

Instead of a week off, the district will have more extended weekends.

This year’s week-long spring break, starting on March 25, is still scheduled.

Next year though, students and parents will get three extended weekends instead — one in February, one in March and one in April.

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District isn’t the first in Minnesota to do away with the traditional spring break. The Monticello School District decided in March 2011 to abandon the 2012 spring break.

WCCO talked with Monticello School Superintendent Jim Johnson last year and he said that studies have shown that older students tend to disengage from learning late in the year. He believed it is more important to end the year in May than to take a break in March.

Comments (46)
  1. James DarkFyre Vrchota says:

    It doesn’t matter when you end the school year. If you end it in May they will disengage in April, end in June they disengage in May, end in April they disengage in March. Prior studies have shown that you need Spring Break to “recharge” the kids so they will actually pay attention in class. So it doesn’t matter when you end you still need to get the appropriate breaks otherwise kids won’t care, and no these “extended weekends” do not cut it for breaks. While we’re on it the other thing that would help is making education more interesting, and doing away with these plain and simple “renamed” grad standards. They are still just busy work no matter what the name, they don’t help close loopholes all they do is hold the smart kids back. No child left behind whether or not its still called that is still in effect worst idea in history next to grad standards. Well that was just my 2 cents, and I will now get off my soapbox.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You are not quoting any studies that prove what you are alleging.

      If you end school in April, they will not disengage in March. You are missing the point. It’s the long grind that causes kids to disengage, not merely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

      1. Gibbs says:

        And the studies that prove YOUR point are where?

        Practice what you preach, Jack.

        1. jackactionhero says:

          He is claiming studies, not me. Pay attention and quit wasting my time trying to keep up.

          1. VanLaanenkugle says:

            You take time to read this article AND all of the comments. Then decide to comment when you feel intellectually superior. And you ask others to quit wasting your time?

            1. jackactionhero says:

              You’ve decided I comment to feel intellectually superior? That’s just a lack of comprehension of my comments.

              I disagreed with the original commenter’s alleged study results, and inserted my own opinion, and instead of commenting on the content, I get several responses insulting me instead.

              That would be you.

              1. VanLaanenkugle says:

                Reready your comment:

                “You are not quoting any studies that prove what you are alleging.

                If you end school in April, they will not disengage in March. You are missing the point. It’s the long grind that causes kids to disengage, not merely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

                Where are the studies to support that it is the long grind that causes kids to disengage? Therefore, calling out someone else for not having studies, then making a baseless claim is indeed inferring a higher intellect than the previous commenter.

                1. desert eagle .50 says:


                  He isn’t gonna cite any studies because there is no one in his trailer who can read to him.

                  What do you expect from someone who is retromingent? He’s just posting to impress himself.

                  And he is never specific.

  2. Al says:

    Now get going with a longer school year!! Would really like to know where all those smart kids go that do well in school. Most of them probably end up working for the government trough like the teachers.

    1. Mel says:

      Sounds like the battle cry of someone who didn’t qualify as one of “those smart kikds”………

  3. Ok with it says:

    My kids go to Monticello and I have no issue with no spring break as it also shows that many family that are going to go on a vacation will do so whenever they please. My family still takes a vacation and the kids still do homework while on vacation. I know a lot of people are good with the kids getting done with school in May.

  4. Carol says:

    Spring break started in the 70’s with Energy Break. The school facilities were supposed to be shut down to conserve energy and keep their costs down. Now it’s turned into a family vacation for those that can afford it. For those who can’t, it’s additional food and daycare expenses. The kids have a decent Christmas break. Then have additional days off in the weeks after for the MLK holiday, end-of-term, early release, etc. Summer break was based on farm families who needed their kids’ help during the summer. This is largely a non-issue today.

    It’s very true – kids do need to recharge.
    But NOT in front of the television, computer, or phone.
    Go outside and PLAY! When you’re done, get a good night sleep and get ready to learn!

    1. jackactionhero says:


      You know many 12 year olds who go to bed at night and think about how they are getting ready to learn the next day? Hilarious!

      1. desert eagle .50 says:

        Why don”t you? Please be specific.

      2. momsez says:

        Really! The comment wasn’t that the kids think about getting ready to learn, but that they get a good night’s sleep which prepares them for the next day. For good measure, when my kids were 12, they DID think about what they were going to learn the next day, and frequently had questions to flesh out their homework and be prepared.

  5. Nancy Aleshire says:

    First of all this break is Easter vacation and needs to coincide with the Easter holiday which may fall in March or April. I was amazed by the number of school kids who were off on break long before the Easter holidays. The vacation break needs to be uniform in all schools. Easter vacation needs to be celebrated the week of Good Friday. It is not Spring break and neither is Christmas vacation Winter Break.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Why? No. They DON’T need to be off for the entire week of Easter so they can all go to church. Good grief. You can take your kids out of school to bring them to church if you feel church is more important than school. Leave the rest of us out of your bible-induced fog.

    2. Erica says:

      maybe i’m an athiest……

    3. Chris Moody says:

      So funny, I don’t even know when Easter is. Go back to your bible study.

    4. My 2 Cents says:

      Nancy, you really know how to get ’em going! I will stand with you. I written to my legislators about the issue of the kids not ALL taking break at the same time. I guess would have no problem with NO SPRING BREAK if it meant the kids got out for the summer, at the end of May.

    5. Bill says:

      Absolutely not. Have you ever tried to book a vacation during spring break? It’s tough and price gouged as it is–without then having every district in the country make their spring breaks coincide, and sending demand for that week through the roof! Far better to spread them out, and thus spread the destinations’ demand out, to make the vacation destinations both more affordable and enjoyable.

  6. Vince says:

    Considering your lack of grammar and spelling rules, I can only assume you weren’t one of the smart kids.

  7. Vince says:

    In New York State, we begin school in early September and end in late June. We have a week long winter break in February and a week long spring break in April. We still have 180 days of instruction. Anyone who feels the school year should be longer needs to also state how people who are over-taxed as it is will pay for the extra pay for teachers, secretaries, cafeteria staff, etc. Extra work means extra pay.

    1. My 2 Cents says:

      OH NO…Teachers that work 12 months out of the year….We can’t have that, now, can we. Sorry, Vince, but that one doesn’t fly, with me.

  8. EQ620 says:

    The first word of the article should be There’ll. How ironic that they write an article about school and spell the first word wrong. LOL!

    1. Chris Moody says:

      Not entirely true. While used when speaking is common, using ” there’ll ” in written English is normally not done. Thus, the correct contraction is used, although, they could be switched out

      1. Bill says:

        Actually, you’re both wrong. It shouldn’t be “They’ll”, but it also shouldn’t be “There’ll”. There shouldn’t be a contraction there at all. “There will” would be the appropriate phrase to use here.

  9. sixplustwo says:

    You are all missing the point. This has to do with teachers salaries and benefits plus the union. There not worried about the kids. There kissing the teachers and unions butts to keep them happy. The victims are the student don’t you see this is a twist of words and mumble jumble.

    1. kestie77 says:

      As a teacher I would rather have the week off.

  10. Carissa says:

    Wow, is this type of ignorance and negativity indicative of all Minnesota citizens? Since you are all so simple-minded, whats the point in sending your kids to school in the first place? Their learning is likely de-railed as soon as any of you walk in the door in the evenings. Who argues with others on news comment forums? Noone who has anything better to do, that’s who. I just had to say that, now you have something to argue about.

    1. VanLaanenkugle says:

      Hello, Pot? This is Kettle.

      1. You’re making an assumption that all posters are from MN.
      2. You’ve added fodder to the argument with your name calling.
      3. Your last sentence makes you a hypocrite.

      1. VanLaanenkugle says:


        3. Your last point makes you a hypocrite; not sentence

    2. My 2 Cents says:

      Hmmm, guess you’re in the same boat with the rest of us…Since you commented, too. BTW, check out the post above, by Vince. He’s from NY, not MN.

  11. william says:

    there are two reasons i can see for the porblems of kids learning, first the teachers are incompentent, and two the atudnts are not engaged and want to learn
    Let the bashing of my comments begin, i can take it without resortin to name calling

  12. AK says:

    I’m not sure why this is all over the news? I grew up in Minnesota and we never had Spring Break. I didn’t realize schools even had them until I went to college and found out all my friends did! ha

  13. BS says:

    Excuse me but I went to school my entire life in Minnesota and we never got a week off for spring break. We got out of school a week earlier this article is nothing new and shouldn’t make a big fuss about about.

  14. KA says:

    My kids go to Monticello Schools. They have seven days off from Jan. 2nd- til the last day of school, May 31st. With some early dismissals sprinkled in. There is NO long weekend scheduled for March. I don’t have a problem with no spring break. I also didn’t mind ending the school year in June.

    1. mn123456 says:

      I feel sorry for your kids. You like breaks and vacations, well their pressures may not be the same as theirs, but they have them too. They also are younger and do not or should not have better coping skills than you do so they should get breaks.

      Have you never seen a child so excited for a day off or a break? It is for a reason. The pressure is off for awhile.

      School is not a daycare.

  15. NL says:

    It’s not always that the students need more school days, sometimes schools just need better teachers! In high school, I had an English teacher who talked about his life every day, a geometry teacher who gives you A’s without even checking your work, an architecture teacher who didn’t teach anything at all, and then a physics teacher who just can’t teach.

  16. Bill says:

    With or without a spring break–it’s ludicrous to have school running into June.

    It’s easy to be done by then–simply stop taking 2 weeks off for the Christmas/New Year’s break, and start the school year a few days to a week before Labor Day.

    Yes, I know–there’s a ridiculous state law here prohibiting school years from starting before labor day. Time to do away with the resort special interests, and actually have the school year fashioned to do what’s best for the students, not the resorts!!!

  17. Roland says:

    How is this news? District 192 has been doing this off and on for years now…

    1. mn123456 says:

      It’s news to those of us that never heard it before.

  18. mn123456 says:

    We live in a state with one of the longest winters. This is why many years ago people decided we wouldn’t have year long school… Those breaks with the terribly long winters are “much” needed. I grew up in MN and winters can get depressing with the cold and lack of sun. These people are out of their mind and make it up as they go.

    As far as not starting schools before Labor Day, do you those that are complaining about it live in MN? Do you actually have a life? People in MN spend most of their time outdoors in the summer. You do not need anyone to do statistics to figure that out. People in MN are more likely to lack vitamin D which can cause depression and other things, so why don’t we go ahead and shove the kids in classrooms earlier than need be.

    The school yr also has nothing to do with the teaching styles used today or the laws. They are all pathetic. I am so glad I am not in school anymore and my oldest graduates next yr… I do however feel sorry for my grandchildren and the generations to follow.

    And take this one to the bank, one of the teachers from our high school got fired for disagreeing about taking the students on field trips to volunteer at the food bank. Lets see, throw a 400 page book in front of them filled with mostly distorted information and lets continue to see how far we get.

    This person should be fired.

  19. mn123456 says:

    School is not daycare and they deserve a vacation as much as you do.

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