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Schools: Too many days off in the middle of the week

I know school and voting officials think it was really great that Broward and Palm Beach schools were closed on Election Day. But as a working parent, I take a different view of the many times schools are closed in the middle of the week.

Although we are in the 12th week of school in Palm Beach County, there have only been five uninterrupted weeks of school. For seven weeks, there has been either a Teacher Work Day, a Professional Development Day, a Holiday or some other reason to break up a full week of school.

And now the Palm Beach County School District wants to start closing the schools for Veterans' Day, too. Is this good for kids' education? Is anyone going to take their kids to a Veterans Day ceremony on that day off?

My kids are out of elementary school now, but I remember the days when I had to search frantically for child care on these days off when they were too young to take care of themselves. I sympathize with you, working parents of little ones.

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Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
Joy Oglesby has a preschooler...
Cindy Kent Fort Lauderdale mother of three. Her kids span in ages from teenager to 20s.
Rafael Olmeda and his wife welcomed their first son in Feb. 2009, and he's helping raise two teenage stepdaughters.
Lois Solomonlives with her husband and three daughters.
Georgia East is the parent of a five-year-old girl, who came into the world weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Brittany Wallman is the mother of Creed, 15, and Lily, 7, and is married to a journalist, Bob Norman. She covers Broward County government, which is filled with almost as much drama as the Norman household. Almost.
Chris Tiedje is the Social Media Coordinator and the father of a 7-year-old girl, and two boys ages 4 and 3.
Kyara Lomer Camarena has a 2-year-old son, Copelan, and a brand new baby.

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