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Students get week off for the holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE — Students and teachers in Gwinnett County are getting an early holiday treat: an entire week off for Thanksgiving break.

In years past, Gwinnett County Public Schools were in session the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Schools, however, reported seeing higher absenteeism during that time, and in developing this year’s calendar, one option was to extend the Thanksgiving holiday, spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

“It did meet with a lot of approval from those in our schools,” she said.

While schools will be closed, district offices will be open Monday and Tuesday, Roach said. Wednesday is a furlough day for 12-month employees, and Thursday and Friday are holidays.

Buford City Schools will also be closed all next week for the Thanksgiving break.

Classes resume in both districts on Nov. 29.