School kids begin winter break today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Today marks the last day of classes before school lets out for a two-week winter break.

Students in Gwinnett County, Barrow County and Buford city schools will begin their break after the bells ring this afternoon.

Classes in Gwinnett and Barrow will resume Jan. 5, but students in Buford will have an extra day off, as the district's second semester begins Jan. 6.

Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools, said it's important for parents to be aware of the dates of the break so students can return promptly.

"We do begin classes that day, and teaching and learning takes place that day," Roach said. "It's very important for students to be here, so they don't miss out on any instruction."