Senior Skip Day
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International Ditch Day (or Senior Skip Day, Senior Ditch Day, or Senior Cut Day) is a tradition in most American and Canadian high schools where the majority of the senior class skip school on a pre-determined day, usually to spend the day at an amusement park or a resort.
The most frequently chosen day is the day before prom or the following Monday. Other days popular for seniors to ditch include the day after Halloween, the day before election day, the day after the Super Bowl, Cinco de Mayo, April 20th, and the day before Spring Break.
Prevention by schools
Some schools have taken actions to prevent students from skipping school on Ditch Day, including dispatching police officers to bring the Ditch Day students back to school. For public schools in the US, Ditch Day could mean the loss of school funding, as funding is tied to school attendance. In some cases, schools have suspended or expelled offenders.
Other schools have embraced the trend by offering some kind of school sponsored class trip to an amusement park or other fun activity.
- Sherry, Parmet (26 November 2004). "Ditch day proves costly to schools". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
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