Families that plan to leave town early will have to deal with not only the stress of rushing to get everything done before or even during the long weekend, but driving through a sea of traffic. With kids leaving school and people leaving work, having students leave school a bit earlier than the original Wednesday's release time would probably have been a good idea.
Because of long distances that students and their families need to travel, the attendance may have a serious downfall on that day. If you were to travel several hundred miles after a full day of school, you would be sitting in a car for several hours in heavy traffic and be undeniably tired upon your arrival of wherever you’re staying.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, and honestly, I would prefer to be with my family over sitting at school clock-watching, waiting to get out and prepare for the weekend. Families like my own who have the family come to them have to start preparing for the day several hours before anyone even thinks about showing up. If students were allowed out earlier, we would have more family time, we’d have time for all of the homework that is guaranteed to be assigned over the long weekend, for those leaving time to pack, and for the families like mine, time to prepare and decorate.
Why wouldn’t you let students out earlier than normal on the day before a national holiday, especially when it’s a known fact that many students won’t make it to school the day before? With conditions worsening, it’s not surprising that students are eager to get out of school.