Senior Skip Day

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Senior parking lot at Ward Melville High School on November 1

International Ditch Day (or Senior Skip Day, Senior Ditch Day, or Senior Cut Day) is a tradition in most American and Canadian high schools and junior high schools where most of the senior class skip school on a pre-determined day, typically the 113th day of school or any day. Other days popular for seniors to ditch include the day after Halloween, April 20th, the day after Prom, the day before election day, the day after the Super Bowl, and the 5th of May. The day before Spring Break is also a typical Senior Skip Day for High School Seniors. It is also common for non-seniors to skip. Other days include first and last underclassman testing days.

Prevention by schools[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Other schools have embraced the trend by offering some kind of school sponsored class trip to an amusement park or other fun activity.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Sherry, Parmet (26 November 2004). "Ditch day proves costly to schools". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 

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