BY ABBY MORGAN
Senior Vanesa Alvarez plans on missing school on Friday, Feb. 12 so she can take in the warm sun, fresh air and ocean breeze.
Although school will still be in session at the Bay, many seniors will “play hooky” on this day to participate in the annual Senior Skip Day. Most seniors on this day opt out of school in order to hit the road with friends and go to the beach, or simply relax at home.
“I am so excited for Senior Skip Day and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I was a freshman at the Bay and saw the seniors that year participate in it,” Alvarez said. “Although I’ve been waiting for our Senior Skip Day for four years now, I have not made plans yet because plans change at the last minute anyways, so I don’t want to get my hopes up.”
Alvarez said she wanted to go to the beach on this day because it is a tradition, but she said traditions change due to unpredictable events.
“I’m hoping that my friends and I go to the beach, but I can’t commit myself to that plan until I check the weather first,” she said.
Senior Sam Etkin chose to do something a little different than what seniors generally have done in the past.
“Since Senior Skip Day is on a Friday and it’s a long weekend, my dad and I are going to visit a school in New York,” Etkin said. “We might even stop by New York City to see my brother and sister.”
Etkin said even though teachers may look down on the day for skipping valuable learning time, it should be seen as an acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication the seniors have put in.
“Senior Skip Day is when the students recognize how hard they have worked the past four years of high school and take the day off in celebration,” Etkin said. “It is the day that seniors can finally look back at high school, with all the ups and downs, hardships and dedication, and see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Even though on the second Friday in February most seniors will not be in school, school will go on and teachers will continue with their schedules.
“It would bother me if my teachers made me make up work that I missed because it is the one day that seniors are supposed to take off to enjoy, and get psyched for their future,” Etkin said. “It would make me the most upset though if a teacher of an all senior class made us complete make up work since they already know that most seniors are going to miss that day.”
For Senior Katie Slattery, this Friday in February is very significant.
“The Senior Skip Day may seem like it should be relaxing and full of tanning and friends, but the University of Florida (UF) decisions come out on this day, making it anything but relaxing and fun,” she said. “Many seniors have been stressing about UF decisions this whole year, so many will be anxiously awaiting to log in and see their fate.”
Physics teacher John McCann said this day is no different than any other day on the school calendar. He teaches seniors as well as sophomores and juniors and said he has no time to waste before the Advanced Placement exam.
“My students usually show up on this day, even the seniors,” Mr. McCann said. “Most of my kids will come to my class on this day and then leave after it because they know that I never waste a day in class. So if they miss it, it will be on them to figure out what we did and then make it up.”
Mr. McCann said he does not think that Senior Skip Day is a good tradition since it influences kids to skip school. He said it makes it so that seniors who want to go to school so they don’t miss anything don’t in fear of being the only senior there.
“I’m against the tradition,” he said. “Kids are going to do what they want to do anyways, so life goes on.”