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Weeklong fall break a first for Forsyth County Schools

FORSYTH COUNTY — As public school students in Forsyth County go to bed tonight, they can rest assured knowing big yellow buses and desks are not in the itinerary for tomorrow.

Forsyth County Schools will have its first-ever fall break Monday through Friday, and it seems the county is expecting a calm vacation.

The district’s central office will remain in operation throughout the week, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school system.

This new time off from school came the same year two inclement weather days were nixed from the calendar in exchange for online learning days.

“It had been discussed for a couple of years, so last year the Board of Education decided to put it on the agenda to get feedback,” Caracciolo said. “Parents and teachers both wanted it, but I remember the staff favored it more.”

Organized camps are not planned through the school system or through the county’s parks and recreation department, but that does not mean students have to sit at home all day and catch up on homework.

“Take a walk on the Big Creek Greenway. Play some basketball. Visit the skate center,” said Laura Pate, the county’s parks and recreation program supervisor.

She said the department is planning for many families to go on vacation, but regular activities and facilities will remain open.

For more information on what activities are available through the department, visit

For those who are taking an out-of-town vacation, as with any other holiday, traveling safely is a priority for local law enforcement.

According to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the agency is running routine patrols and roadway checks.

“Whenever traffic is congested more than usual on roadways, we always ask people to drive safely and pay attention to what they’re doing,” Rodriguez said, “so that they don’t get distracted by anything else other than driving on the roadway.”