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Should Monday be part of the weekend?

Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Indigenous People’s Day are happy days all around the U.S., mainly because people get time off. Three-day weekends are always a blast and extremely relaxing for citizens, especially students. But what if this was every weekend? Think about how much less stress and more relaxation there would be for students if Monday was an official part of the weekend.

The increasing popularity of 4 day school weeks have sparked debate on what schedule is more beneficial for students. (Eve Johansson)

These are only some of the reasons that I think three-day weekends should be an every week thing. So many more benefits could come out of Monday being an extension of the weekend. The most important thing though is the good things it brings for students. The mental and physical health of students and teachers alike will improve drastically.  

Most students are always worried and in distress about homework or a big test coming up. An extra day of the weekend would give students an additional twenty-four hours to study or finish assignments. It would also give teachers more time to plan fun, interactive lessons that students are more interested in. 

This three-day weekend would be a bonus day to catch up on school work, chores, and hobbies. Most students can’t do this on Saturday or Sunday because they dedicate their time and effort to other extracurricular activities. For example, students who have to travel far for sports tournaments lose precious hours of work on school assignments and projects. 

Many people on campus hardly get a decent break from the stress until summer, which isn’t healthy for your body. In fact, Brian Krans from Healthline says that the many stresses of everyday life can lead to serious, irreversible damages to your heart. Starting this huge amount of daily stress in high school could be really hurting student’s bodies. 

However, these individuals could get more than thirty extra days they can use as a break from the madness. Adding Mondays onto the weekends would give students and teachers thirty-six more days of freedom and relaxation. To get a break from the daily stresses of life can be hard, but one additional day a week would give people the time to disconnect and recharge. 

Some people might be against weekly three-day weekends because they feel the requirement of hours in the classroom won’t be met. To meet the hour requirement we would take some days of summer/winter break. Plus, by extending school days from seven hours to eight or nine hours or making class period two hours instead of 90 minutes, we would easily be able to meet the requirement.

I think all districts should make three-day weekends a regular thing. This would be best for the mental health of not just students but all school staff as well. 

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