Story and photo By Jerick E. Leblanc/Staff Writer/@jerickjake
For over 20 years, LBCC has scheduled Spring Break to fall the week after Easter Sunday, the same week when the Long Beach Unified School District scheduled its vacation for all elementary, middle and high schools.
This year, LBCC will take its Spring Break from Sunday, April 3, through Sunday, April 10.
Greg Peterson, vice president of Student Support Services said, the decision was made to change the schedule by the Academic Calendar Committee, composed of three teachers, three administrators, a staff member, and a student.
“The challenge with scheduling Spring Break after Easter Sunday is that Easter Sunday fluctuates each year and can occur in mid-March through the end of April,” Peterson said.
“The committee felt that it was important for our students with children to be off when their children were off for the Spring Break,” Peterson said. “The calendar committee conducted a survey of faculty, and the results confirmed that the faculty felt Spring Break had a negative impact on student learning when it occurred too early or too late in the semester.”
Fine arts major Susan Ahearn, 55, said she is excited about having the week off, “I feel like a kid because my kids are all grown and in college. I plan on going hiking and not turning on my alarm clock to wake me up.”
Ahearn added that next week is a good time for her to finish preparing her taxes.
Peterson said the Calendar Committee conducted a survey of students, which had a mixed result and about half of the students surveyed wanted Spring Break to coincide with Long Beach Unified School District’s Spring break, and the other half wanted it in the middle of the semester.
“In 2014-15, Spring Break was officially changed to fall in the middle of the Spring semester. This year, 2015-16, is the second year that this change has been made,” he said.
Psychology major Burdette Forsch, 20, said, “I am a part of the women’s swim team and I plan on practicing more from 7 -10 a.m. during the break since this part of the campus will be open.”
Forsch added as an athlete, she plans to get plenty of sleep between her swim practice and her job.
In 2013-14, the Calendar Committee began to discuss the impact that Spring Break has on the instructional programs at the college, especially for 8-week courses that start at the beginning and in the middle of the Spring semester.
Kinesiology major Peter Nou, 21, said, “I am passionate about hardcore-free running, which is movement from point A to point B. This is an art to me and during Spring Break I will be going to rehab training because I had an injury in my knee over training doing a stunt off campus.”
Nou added he likes the discipline and focus strength training brings him. “It’s also a form of stress relief and I’m looking forward to taking time off from school during Spring Break to heal my injury,” he said.