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Holiday in a hurry: Schools get shorter Thanksgiving break this year

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

COVINGTON -- Students, teachers and other Newton County School System staff members will get a small break next week to celebrate Thanksgiving and maybe even get a little holiday shopping started.

This year, however, the break isn't as long as it has been in past years.

Starting Wednesday and continuing until Friday, schools are closed to students and school staff members in observance of Thanksgiving. Last year, schools were closed for a week for Thanksgiving.

The Newton County Board of Education and its administrative offices, which are located at 2109 Newton Drive N.E. in Covington, also is scheduled to be closed Wednesday through Friday.

Schools will be open Monday and Tuesday, and the administrative offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. those days.

The Newton County BOE has already held its monthly meetings for November. It will meet next at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 for a combined monthly work session and regular session meeting.

Students and other school- and system-level staff members will report back to their schools and offices on Nov. 29 to complete the rest of the semester.

The next break for students and staff members is a two-week long semester break from Dec. 20 through Jan. 3. The second semester of the 2010-11 school year will begin for students on Jan. 5. Jan. 4 is a teacher work day.