BG schools’ spring break dates based on testing, not BGSU


The scheduling of Bowling Green City Schools’ spring break is dependent upon the testing schedule, not on
spring break at the university.
Superintendent Francis Scruci addressed the confusion again at the March 19 board of education meeting.

Spring break has for years been the first full week in March.
“Many believe we moved our spring break to coincide with (Bowling Green State University’s) spring
break,” he said. “While that was coincidental, that wasn’t our motivating factor.”
Spring break has for years been the first full week in March.
The first week of March is set because having spring break early allows the district to avoid students
being distracted by a break prior to state testing.
This year, spring break was March 4-8. BGSU’s spring break was March 18-22.
Scruci explained if spring break had been the week of March 18 to coincide with the university, it would
have given students only a week to prepare for state testing, which starts April 1.
“Again, it just doesn’t work,” Scruci said.
“It makes perfect sense to keep our break the first week of March until the state decides that
over-testing our schools isn’t necessary.”
In June 2018, a high school teacher had questioned why the district’s spring break no longer coincides
with BGSU.
Scruci said at that time the district has no control over what the university does with its schedule.
When it added a J term, or winter session, that threw the calendar “into chaos.”
Families are not prohibited from taking their child out of school during BGSU’s spring break, Scruci
said, as long as they make up the work.
Spring break in 2020 is March 2-6.

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