The Monday after prom weekend, the hallways were a little less crowded because of a senior tradition known as “Senior Skip Day.” The day fell on April 18th this year and was anticipated by many seniors because it is known as a relaxing day for anyone who chooses to participate after a long and eventful weekend.
However, there are many drawbacks. Although it is a highly participated tradition, it is still a normal school day. So students who participated, missed a day of school that will add to the absences they will appeal for exam exemptions and could have put them behind in their classes. Teachers are not fond of this day, especially not the senior teachers because half, or more, of their class could be missing any given year. Teachers continue to teach but to a very small group of students.
Teachers also reported that they did not hold back on their material just because a majority of their class was absent. AP teachers especially dislike this day because they encourage their students to be there every day of school, as health or other obligations permit, because the dates of the AP exams do not change so the teachers must get through all material beforehand. Renee Serrao, AP Government teacher, said, “We have a deadline, and I can’t give up 90 minutes of instructional time because people want to take time off the day after the day after prom.”
Serrao has an email that she sends out every year, including this year, to dispel any senior skip day myths:
“Monday April 18 is “senior skip day.”
Dare I say, “False?” There is no such thing as senior skip day in the eyes of the school, and every teacher I know is proceeding with their curriculum, as we all must do, in order to finish on time. Additionally, our AP Exam will be 3 WEEKS AFTER that day! An absence that Monday will count just like any other, with makeup work occruing, and contribute to the 3 absences allowed before senior exam exemption is revoked. In my experience, there is a lot of talk about such a skip day, and then 80% of my kids are there in class anyway.
Despite these drawbacks, some students still chose to participate. They had a full day to relax, hang out, and possibly catch up on homework they couldn’t do on Saturday or Sunday. The Bolt surveyed 20 senior students before the date and 13 of them said they planned on skipping. The others were asked why they were not, and they responded with answers such as, “I have two AP classes that day,” “I need to be here for Calc,” and the classic, “My mom won’t let me.” Many of the students who participated in this day said that they “don’t have hard classes that day” or “can afford to miss one day of school.” The question all seniors must ask themselves is this: was it worth it?
Interview with Renee Serrao:
All Photos Courtesy of Madison Winter