The winter-break schedule for Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific has been bumped up two days.

The break now is to begin Dec. 20 instead of Dec. 22.

The change was made to better accommodate families traveling abroad for the holidays, according to a statement from DODEA.

Given the challenges military families living overseas face during the holidays, “it is important that we consider their unique circumstances in scheduling school winter holiday breaks,” DODEA Director Dr. Joseph D. Tafoya said.

The break is to begin for students at the close of school on Dec. 20. Teachers will continue to work Dec. 21-22.

Teachers and students are to be back in school on Jan. 8.

Parents planning to leave before Dec. 20 can request course work their children will miss but should coordinate the absence well in advance, according to DODEA.

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