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Skip Day (also called Ditch Day, Senior Ditch Day, Cut Day or Senior Skip Day for the senior class) is a tradition in some American schools where the majority of the class skips school on a day towards the end of the school year.
Reactions to Senior Skip Day
School administration reactions can vary greatly in response to Senior Skip Day. Some schools openly encourage the practice, helping the students pick a day to take off and advising teacher's not to schedule quizzes or exams on the given skip day. Other schools, however, may severely punish students for willfully being absent from school to the extent of assigning detention or even going so far as to provide a failing grade or withdrawing a college recommendation.[improper synthesis?]
There is no generally agreed upon beginning to this unofficial tradition, but the practice has been in effect since at least the 1970s. The film Ferris Beuller's Day Off was a catalyst for several Senior Skip Days in 1980s and mid 1990s. At Caltech, "Ditch Day" has become an annual tradition. 
- Swasko, Mick; Gregory, Ted (May 6, 2011). "Ditch Day: Bonus senior ditch day irks administrators". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 12, 2017.