Summer Vacation - Pembina,ND

Updated on January 01, 2013
S.G. asks from Beverly Hills, CA
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I just finished watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days with the kids. They talked about three month long summer vacation. Is summer vacation really three months long in the states? Just wondering.

Happy New Years!

I meant school vacation. Wow, three months. Here in Canada we only get July and August off. I always assumed it was kind of universal.

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We go to school until the end of June and return after labour day. It was the same when I was a child. To the best of my knowledge it is the same across Canada, within a week or so. It is never long enough for me! We always try to cram so much into our vacations that I am exhausted by the time they go back to school. I have heard of the year long school. I guess it works for families that would have to have day care in the summer. Wouldn't work for us. I think I would consider homeschooling if it came to that!

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answers from Seattle on


It depends on the district.

The first district my son was in, only 5 weeks.
The second district, we get 8 weeks.


When I was a kid we had 3 months! I MISS 14 weeks of summer! Sniff. Its the only thing I don't like about Phineas & Ferb (cartoon). The part of the song that starts : 104 days of Summer Vacation....

Nope. 35 days, or 54 days around here.

((USA doesn't have national education standards. Each state is different, and then each school district within each state is different. The Greater Seatlle area has 5 school districts, plus apx 20,000 homeschoolers. Plus all the private schools. So just in my city there are kids with 1, 2, & 3 months of summer break. Ditto winter & spring breaks. Some have 1,2, & 3 weeks.))

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answers from Kansas City on

Can I move to Canada? By the time summer vacation is over Mom is just about nuts!!!!!!!!!! We are off from mid-May to mid-August. Thank heaven for Boy Scout camp, that means they are gone for a whole week in July. I miss them when they are gone, but having them home all the time while I am doing in-home daycare is a real challenge some times!!!


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answers from Redding on

Summer vacations for school kids have actually gotten shorter since I was a child.

Kids have to go to school for X amount of days. When I was a kid, we didn't get a whole week off for Thanksgiving, President week, we didn't have "in-service" days where the kids were out while teachers held workshops, etc.
My family back east has school start early while the weather is good because they can estimate so many snow days in the winter months.

Summer definitely seems shorter these days.

Since you mentioned a movie, please check out "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss".
It's about a family on vacation. It's an older movie, no cussing, no raunchy toilet humor. My kids loved it.

Best wishes.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

No, it's not. People who happen to own a second home somewhere they can go will often go for a few months but the dad has to stay and go to work.

Most families that get a vacation plan on both parents being off work for a week or two at some point during the summer and they plan a short trip.

Our last vacation was to Branson MO in September. We went to visit friends and spend 2 days at Silver Dollar City. It was a lot of fun and cost about $1000. If my friend had not been able to get discount tickets to a show or two it would have cost less because we could not have afforded the ones we saw. But it was very much worth it seeing them.

The vacation before that we went to Billings MT to visit friends and saw sights all along the way there and back. It was really nice too.

My friend that lives in Branson had a vacation home in the islands off in the Caribbean somewhere. She would take the kids and go for a few weeks then come back to her psychology clinic then go back again for a few more weeks before summer was over.

This is a huge exception though. Most people in America are really struggling to make ends meet due to our poor economy. Having a vacation home is not very likely and if they did have one they probably have sold it or are trying.

In times of old I think Americans lived a lot like the wealthy people did in Dirty Dancing. They would pick a place for vacation where they could return each summer and over the years they would get to know others so it would feel like visiting family. The family in Dirty Dancing did stay there for some time. The dad took off work from his medical practice and the whole family stayed together. But a lot of the women who were there during the week had husbands who came only on the weekends. I think that is how the wealthy probably lived at one point.

We don't live like that anymore. It's not cost effective and too many people just care about money more and saving it up.

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answers from Springfield on

Ours is generally a little less. School usually lets out the last week of May or first week of June and begins again the last week of August.

There are some schools in our area that are "Year Round" or on a "Balanced Calendar," which means they have a break every quarter. My niece and nephew have a 1 week break after the 1st and 3rd quarters. After the 2nd quarter they have a 2 week break, and after the 4th quarter they are off for a month. I wonder if this isn't a better idea, especially in the younger grades. Do they really need 3 months off? My kids were more than ready for school to start last fall.

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answers from Kansas City on

it used to be longer i i have gotten older, it seems they get out later and start earlier, every year. i think three months is rounding up!

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answers from Chicago on

Each state has different laws regarding how long the school year must be (a minimum number of days required). Here in Illinois, summer vacation begins in early June and ends in late August.

In my home state of Minnesota, my school always got out the last day of May, and we returned to school the day after Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Our school's vacation is from early June until the day after Labor Day, the first week of September. So almost three months.

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answers from Miami on

In Florida the kids get out the first week of June(around the 6 to 9th) and go back Mid August (Around the third week). So while 3 months are involved its not really 3 month all together

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answers from Miami on

Not really. More like 2 months to maybe 2 1/2. It's according to the school district. Some districts kept adding more teacher workdays and either pushing back the end of school, or pushing up the beginning of school to get the 180 days the kids have to be in school into the calendar. Once parents got fed up with this enough to fight about it, at least one state passed a law that stated that school could not start before "x" date in August. That gave more time during the summer for folks, and I guess, probably lowered the amount of teacher workdays.


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answers from Pittsburgh on

In PA the school year must be at least 180 days. Kids usually get out in early June and go back in late August.

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answers from Boston on

In Massachusetts, each school year is at least 180 days long (& many districts are lengthening it by a few days). Summer vacation is about 2 months, beginning in the 3rd or 4th week of June and ending in August just before Labor day. Some areas, especially on Cape Cod, go back to school just after Labor Day but each year more of them go back earlier.

Not sure how it is elsewhere, but even over Summer vacation my kids always have required school work. As younger kids, there was always reading required. In high school, there was math (20 page packets), several books to read and sometimes papers to write as well. In fact, it got to the point where I was really annoyed because, although there were no hours spent in the school building, there was no real "vacation" from school either!

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answers from Norfolk on

Our summer break is 11 weeks long - last half of June, July and August.

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answers from New York on

around here it's about 2 and a half months, last week in June to Labor day. Less depending on snow and hurricane emergency closings during the year.

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answers from Dallas on

In Texas, we (I'm a teacher) go 180 days also. We get out at the end of May or the very beginning of June, and go back sometime near the end of August, usually the last week.

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answers from Las Vegas on

Yes, 3 dreaded long months. I am now in week two of Christmas break and am out of ideas to keep my little one busy.

When I was younger, I just picked up toys or activity books and kept busy. Everyday my daughter asks, "What are we doing tomorrow"?

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answers from Appleton on

In most places yes. Vacation starts the first week of June and ends either the last week of August or first week of September. In some high tourist areas The Memorial Day, last Monday in May, and Labor Day, first Monday in September, weekends are such busy times schools are not allowed run after Memorial Day weekend or before Labor Day weekend. So many high school and college students work as wait staff, lifeguards, hotel room attendents, ect and they would lose out of $100s of dollars in tips and the resorts would have trouble taking care of their customers.

However many schools districts have started a year round program; the kids go to school 3 months , off 1 month, school 3 months ect. They find it works better, the kids retain more information.

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answers from Washington DC on

In MD, the kids are normally out mid-June and go back late August, so it's about 8-10 weeks, depending on how bad our winter was the year before.

I always want more time with the kids. Time goes WAY too fast.

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answers from Portland on

We have from mid-June off until likely early-Sept or so. I'd say it hits close to the three month mark some years, a few weeks shy others. (Depends on the school funding for that year, it seems.)

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answers from Washington DC on

we end school here where I live mid June and start the first week in Sept. It does seem too long. By late July the kids are fighting and they are bored to tears! I wish it was shorter

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answers from Washington DC on

No. Here in VA we get from the last week of June to the first week of September - so July and August - it is roughly 10 weeks.

There have been some years that we have gone back before Labor day and other years where school started the day after Labor Day.

We allot 5 days per year for snow days. In the past, they have released earlier than planned/scheduled if we didn't use the snow days...

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