KEEP SPRING BREAK 2021

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As a student at the University of Arizona, spring break being eliminated sparked my interest and left me disappointed with the outcome of the decision. This inclined me to start this petition because of how the decision negatively affected my life and college experience as well as how it affected the rest of the students. University of Arizona sent out an email in which they are eliminating Spring Break 2021. Instead of the normal break, the school is incorporating "reading days" in which allows students and instructors to take needed breaks during the academic term. These reading days are listed to be Thursday, February 25, 2021, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Friday, April 2, 2021, and Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The Spring of 2020 had break March 7- March 15. These reading days will not be helpful as a break for students at all. The breaks that students rely on and receive during the semester are very needed and counted on for stress relief as well as time to catch up on current courses that may have been hard to keep up with. The online transition has been a challenge of and within itself to manage time and stress while still preforming at the optimum level. Now that they have taken away one of the most important and crucial stress relievers and catch up periods, students will struggle and be hit hard by this. These reading days do not allow enough consecutive time for an efficient break that will relieve any stress or help students to catch up on schoolwork. The days the school chose were often in the middle of a week in which students will attend school before and then after that one break day. The one break day is often taken up by work or other activities, so using spaced out single day breaks is not efficient to work on large amounts of work and not efficient to take a long enough break to relieve any stress. The two consecutive days that are listed as Tuesday, March 9, 2021 and Wednesday, March, 2021 are good that they are consecutive but are not good that they are in the middle of a school week. This means students will go to school Monday the 8th as well as Thursday the 11th and Friday the 12th. These two days are not efficient enough to make a change but, they are better that they are together instead of single spaced days. The goal of this petition is to allow students at the University of Arizona to have the normal days of Spring break for 2021 which would be March 7th through March 15th. This would allow students to plan ahead for their needs in regards to stress relief, studying for future courses, as well as catching up on information from previous courses. Thank you for taking the time to read this petition!

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- Daemien Jenkins- An undergraduate student attending the University of Arizona.