posted by Stephan Johnson,

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41)--It is an unofficial holiday for students across Kentuckiana.  This is something that has been going on for years.  The Friday before Spring Break is known as "National Senior Cut" day. 

However, Jefferson County Public School officials do everything they can to make sure students show up anyway.  "And when they miss so many unexcused days they pops up on a screen," says Sue Boldrick, Assistant Director of People Personnel with JCPS.  "I'll make phone calls, I'll do letters, but when it comes to the point where they've missed six or seven days unexcused days of school, then I try to do a home visit."

You could say she is the first line of defense when it comes to making sure students aren't skipping school.  "I want to make sure that a parent knows that their child is not in school."

Boldrick says if students aren't at home they should be in school; the problem is a lot of them are celebrating that unsanctioned holiday.

"Someone told me when I first arrived, you know, this is National Cut Day and I said, aw, I forgot about it," says Dr. Daniel Withers, Central High School Principal.

Dr. Withers says attendance was down significantly on Friday.  "Normally we have about 30 absent per day out of 1095 kids, and today we had just over a hundred."

Some students even asked their parent for permission to leave school early because it is National Cut Day.  "And I said no, ma'am, there's no such thing," says Dr. Withers.

It slipped through the cracks on Friday, but Dr. Withers says he's already looking ahead to next year.

"My thought when I heard about it this morning, I said we probably should have told teachers to give an exam today, some type of test to make sure that students would be in class," says Dr. Withers.