BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A petition is circulating Lakota Local Schools asking school leaders to give students—and teachers—the day after Halloween off.
It has 40,000 signatures.
Behind the effort is Dominic Miller, 15, a Lakota freshman, who was emboldened when he noticed students at dozens of other schools nationwide advocating for the same thing.
"We started to see more popping up like in Michigan and in Florida, and Oklahoma even won, and they got their day off tomorrow,” he said.
In his list of reasons for getting the day off, Miller cites his concern, not just for his fellow students, but for his teachers as well.
"They just might be really tired,” he said. “And since sleep is such, like, an important thing to students, that we need our sleep and we wouldn't be as productive the day tomorrow."
He also says it would allow parents and kids to enjoy Halloween without the specter of an early morning or a long school day.
The 15-year-old’s petition started out with a few hundred signatures, but it kept growing and growing.
He never expected it to explode to the level it did.
“(There are) a lot of out-of-school, out-of-district kids, and parents and a lot of people in the community in general,” Miller explained.
Alas, classes will still be in session tomorrow.
A statement from Lakota Local Schools commended Miller’s effort.
“At the same time,” the statement read, “our academic calendar is designed about a year and a half in advance of the start of the new school year.”
That doesn’t mean Miller is giving up though. He plans to petition the school again next year.
“Students can make an impact,” he said. “That we do have a voice and that we can impact the school board and their decision-making.”
Here is the full statement from Lakota Local Schools:
“Student voice is of critical importance to us, so we certainly appreciate all the effort that went into the petition and the student who brought it to our attention. At the same time, our academic calendar is designed by a committee of parents and district leaders about a year and a half in advance of the start of a new school year. Plus, any time you take a day out of the school year, it has to be added somewhere else, so that makes the prospect of a change all the more problematic. We will certainly be sharing the student feedback with the committee that develops the district calendar for their consideration.”