‘Senior Skip Day’ has been a tradition for eager-to-leave twelfth graders for years now, although students and teachers still have mixed opinions on it.
Friday, May 22nd, many senior classes were left empty while the class of 2015 hit the beach. It was Andover High School’s ‘Senior Skip Day,’ when the carefree upperclassmen, who only had one more week of classes, ditched school to socialize and be with friends.
‘You celebrate when you finish your terminal degree, not when you finish high school.’ – Mr. Meyers
Some seniors, particularly athletes, were unable to skip, due to the fact that the administration created rules that do not allow athletes to participate in practices or games if they do not show up to school. Chris Tully, AHS senior, said, “It’s bad for student athletes because we have to choose between sports and friends.”
Underclassmen are mainly neutral or supportive of ‘Senior Skip Day.’ Some underclassmen said that it does not matter to them since it does not directly affect them, while others believe it is a tradition that should not be punished. Tim Chen, junior, said, “There is no point in teachers punishing the students for not coming in…. Senior skip day is a strong tradition and those who participate have nothing to lose. They have been in school for four years now so I don’t see anything wrong with one skipped day.”
Some adults in the building are not opposed to the idea of ‘Senior Skip Day’ either, allowing students to skip their class with no repercussions. Many fondly remember participating in theirs or respect the fact that it is a long running tradition here and at many schools.
“I don’t see how it’s that big of a problem. Most of the seniors’ work is done by now,” said Officer Dowd, school resource officer. “I just hope that all who are participating in it are being responsible.”
Many teachers and other adults at AHS hold a neutral stance on this issue. “Some students are in better academic positions to skip than others, depending on grades and existing absences,” said guidance counselor Edward Abbott. “There’s a system in place, which should be enforced… it should be treated like any other day.”
There are some teachers who are not fans of ‘Senior Skip Day’ at all. Some believe that seniors do not deserve another day off in addition to the early end of their school year or think that skipping gets in the way of the learning that seniors still have the opportunity to do in their last days of high school.
Mr. Meyers, retired psychology teacher, thinks festivities like this are unnecessary. “You celebrate when you finish your terminal degree,” he said. “Not when you finish high school.”
By Lewis Chiodo, with reporting by the First Block Journalism Class