Extend Winter Break for Brock Students

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Due to the pandemic, this school year has been undoubtedly challenging and tolling on university students and our mental health. We, the students of Brock University are asking for an extension to our winter break like many other Canadian universities have granted their students (Such as U of T, Laurier, McMaster, and Laurentian). Dealing with the challenges COVID 19 has brought excluding school such as isolation from friends and family, job/monetary loss, illness and death, this has been an extremely difficult year for Canadians. As university students, having to deal with some of these stressors along with striving to be present and maintaining grades in taking online school has been both exhausting and tolling. A prolonged break would be very beneficial for Brock students and our mental health.

Extending the winter break to the 11th of January would give hardworking Brock University students the time they deserve to mentally rejuvenate and give students an adequate amount of time to visit their families, some who they may not have seen for months, during these scary times. As an extra precaution, in dealing with immunocompromised family members, some families are enforcing their family members who are students and have been living away at university to isolate before meeting with their families. The current period of the winter break (Dec 22nd - Jan 4th) does not give students 14 days to properly isolate.

Dealing with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, exams, and some regions re-entering lockdown, December is going to be a very strenuous month. This extended winter break will give students the time they deserve to recuperate, step away from their screens and enjoy the holidays and time off without having to worry - a feeling that has been every present since classes started online. It will also allow students to prepare for another semester, that just like this semester has posed many new challenges never experienced before.Brock University’s website states “At Brock University the health and wellness of our community is a vital component of our mission to develop the whole person”. We, as Brock students are asking our school to please continue to prove their word by giving us the opportunity to improve our mental health and wellness by extending our winter break.

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