NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While most kids are enjoying Memorial Day as a holiday, some North Texas students are in class today. Several school districts had to use this holiday as a snow day.
Richie Escovedo, with the Mansfield Independent School District, explained why students there are in class. “We’re using it as a makeup day from back in February when we had some winter weather events that caused us to be out of school for a number of days.”
Escovedo says he’s gotten some feedback from people none too pleased with this decision and another scheduled makeup day. “So it’s actually one of two days,” he said. “We’ll be in school on Monday as well as Friday, and Friday will be the last day of school.”
It was also just another school day in the Wylie Independent School District.
It was winter weather that had students in class, but summer weather was on most of their minds. “I wanted to stay home and go swimming and stuff,” said Burnett Middle School student Erin Trongaard.
To student Alynna Lopez the reasons for disappointment were obvious. “It’s school. Not a lot of people like it,” she said.
Lopez’s mother, Bernie Rodriguez, brought Alynna to school in the morning, but planned to pull her out for a few hours to attend a Memorial Day event. “People who put their lives on the line, I think we should honor and value them,” Rodriguez said.
Wylie ISD cancelled classes five days this winter due to bad weather. The state waived three of those days, but the district still had to make up the other two. “This is the first time in 18 years that we’ve had class on Memorial Day,” said Susan Dacus, a spokesperson for Wylie ISD.
Some parents say the district shouldn’t schedule make up days on holidays.
“In a way, it hurt us because we had plans to go camping this weekend,” father Tommy Stewart explained. “So, it kind of cut that short.”
Most parents agree that education and going to school is the most important thing and many are hoping the day’s lessons focus on the men and women who’ve served our country. Fifth grader Michael Wiseman feels the same way. “It’s supposed to be a day to remember the soldier’s who’ve fought in battle,” he said.
Officials in the Mansfield ISD say next year’s calendar is laid out so any makeup days won’t happen on a holiday.
This Memorial Day is also a school day for students in Grand Prairie, White Settlement, Lake Worth and Everman.