1) The end of the semester grading period is January 16. This is 8 weekdays after we get back from break, or if you look at it block schedule wise, 5 meetings. So we have a little over a week to levy exams
2) The dean of faculty has issued a hard line against work over break, unless you are in an AP. In the past, most teachers would just let it be due the day after we get back, so they could argue that the student doesn't necessarily have to work over break, they could start on the Monday after break. Well the dean said that this violates the spirit of the law, so it will not be permitted. Not even assigning something due the week after break is permitted. There should be absolutely no expectation that the students must work over break in any form whatsoever.
These two policies put the teachers in a very difficult position, because it makes the "assessment density" of the last week much much higher. For example, I had polled my seniors in early December about how many and what type of assessment they wanted. They wanted a lot of small quizzes, so we scheduled one take home quiz over break and one the day after they got back. But the dean put the kibosh on that, and now that take home is pushed back. So here is the list of things I need to do on my vacation.
1) Make a collaborative quiz for Calculus
2) Make a take home quiz for Calculus
3) Make a Review Sheet for Algebra 2H
4) Make an Answer Key for (3) and scan it
5) Make two Mid-Term Exams for Algebra 2H
And then towards the end of next week I will have to grade all of the above in addition to a History of Math Paper, and the following week I will have to write comments.