Wellness Wednesdays are overrated

Kyle Reeder, Multi-Media Editor

In the past, students used Wednesdays as a day off to relax and catch up on missing work.  However,  to put it bluntly, the concept is a pointless idea that only encourages laziness among the student body.  In theory, it’s a “day off” for students to “catch up on work”, but in reality would be fulfilled by sleeping in, relaxing, and procrastinating. 

With no school on Wednesdays, it would make Tuesdays feel like a “mid-week” Friday.  Students may stay up late, go to parties, and binge-watch Netflix all night, ultimately influencing a sluggish wake-up with little to no motivation to get back to work the following day.

Furthermore, a 5 day school week builds student endurance.  As the week progresses, students are more in tune with their thinking and are able to work efficiently. A pause in the week only creates setbacks, making Thursdays feel like a Monday, ultimately resetting students’ motivation to get up and get back into the work cycle.

Not to mention, if schools excluded Wednesdays from the school week, it would ultimately lengthen the number of days students are in school. 

Chesterfield Country requires students to be in the classroom at least 95% of the 180 day school year.  With 52 weeks in a year, students are missing out on nearly 52 Wednesdays in a year, ultimately calling for an extended school year. 

So the question comes down to “Would you rather have a longer school year, four days a week?” or “Would you rather have a normal school year, five days a week?”

After having Wednesday off for Yom Kippur, students were quickly reminded of the luxuries of having no school mid-week.  Personally, I was able to sleep in, make a complete breakfast, catch up on my piling college applications, and even work a few hours.  I will admit, it was a relaxing twist to my week.  Now, I’m not saying that I am completely opposed to a day off it in the week every once in a while, but if every Wednesday were to be red-lined, I would slightly be opposed.

In the end, I found my opinion to go against the grain. Many students stand in favor of bringing back Wellness Wednesdays, as they are “still adjusting” from the hybrid-style learning.  As students, we’ve had our fair share of  class-from-bed and have already missed out on a plethora of hours in the classroom.  Wellness Wednesdays are only going to slow down the student body and create set-backs, and therefore, should not return.