The bill, introduced by Senator Annette Taddeo, will require school districts to make November 1 a holiday and the only exception would be if Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday.
A bill introduced in the Florida Senate will give students the day off from school after Halloween, reported Fox 35. The bill, introduced by Senator Annette Taddeo, will require school districts to make November 1 a holiday and the only exception would be if Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday. There was plenty of debate last year over the internet if Halloween should be moved to the last Saturday of October rather than October 31 and this bill provides another alternative to this situation.
If this bill is passed, it will become effective from July 1, 2020. It is also worth noting that Halloween is on Saturday this year. Many grandparents have shown their support for the bill. Bruce Johnson said, "Kids need a break. They need a break. They work hard." Grandparent Mary Curtiss said, “If they’re out late and if they have had a lot of sugar and everything like that it’s kind of nice to be able to take the next day off and relax.”
Parents like Peter Jolly disagree, as they think it is unnecessary and education should always be the first priority. Jolly, while taking his kids to Trick or Treating, said, "If kids can’t go to school the next morning because of a sugar rush then take out Halloween, don’t celebrate Halloween." He took out his kids early so that they could have fun and still go to bed on time.
Additionally, a recent petition in Seminole County, asking that school districts to cancel the classes after Halloween, has gathered more than 17,000 signatures on Change.org. The petition is said to be looking for both students and teachers as both will have a day off after Halloween.
Meanwhile last year, many people wanted the date of Halloween to be changed. The petition addressed to the President of the United States initially started small but has since bagged over 58,000 supporters from all over the world. The petition claims that it makes no sense to celebrate Halloween on October 31 and that it would be much better if it was moved to the last Saturday of October instead. The petition reads: It's time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let's move Halloween to the last Saturday of October! 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year. Talk to your kids about safety before they head out! 82% of parents don’t use high visibility aids on their costume, be sure to incorporate reflective tape, glow sticks, finger lights or light-up accessories. 63% of children don’t carry a flashlight while they are tick-or-treating. Grab a clip-on light if they don’t want to carry one! Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween. Discuss safety, pre-plan a route, stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.