Students, Staff In School Today Due To Calendar Change

The Oct. 12 holiday has been moved to election day.

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Students and staff will receive a day off on Election Day.

Fall exchange day, a student and staff holiday, has been moved from Oct. 12 to Nov. 3.

The Board of Trustees approved this revision during their regular meeting on Aug. 18, a district newsletter said. 

Tuesday, Nov. 3 is the day of the General Election, and the board decided to use this as the new fall exchange day. Social distancing and other preventative measures have to be taken during this year’s election, and the office of the Texas Secretary of State reviews voting procedures on their website. The office recommends that election officials make marks on the floor to indicate the appropriate social distancing as well as make efforts to communicate to voters that wearing face coverings is strongly encouraged.

“I’m glad they [moved the holiday] because it almost encourages people my age to vote,” senior Sophie Smythe said. “I am going to vote for sure. It’s really important to me. It’s your civil duty to do that.”

The school holiday usually falls on Columbus Day and functions as a fair day for students and staff. However, the fair is canceled this year due to the Coronavirus, so the holiday has been shifted.

“I am not a big ‘going to the fair’ type of person, so fair day has never been important,” Smythe said. “I’ve just viewed it as a day off, so what’s the point of keeping it as a fair day?” 

Smythe thinks that this should be a permanent change for each voting cycle.

“I hope it encourages people to go out and vote,” Smythe said. “I hope people don’t just view it as an off day like I used to view fair day.