Once mainly a college ritual, spring break fever has hit high schools across the country.
To most teenagers when they think of spring break they think of time without parents and a time to break all the rules, but to some it's about other things.
Kristen Thompson, a student at Chiles High School, says, "I think of fun times with friends hanging out and all that stuff."
Many people believe that spring break without parents is not appropriate for teenagers in high school, but some say it is okay under some circumstances.
Kristen Thompson adds, "I think it is appropriate if you do things that aren't like breaking the law, like things that's just having plain fun."
But some teenagers say they were scared about their peers who may drink during spring break.
Deona Smith, a student at Chiles, says, "I'm afraid that people are going to be drinking and so I just hope that people don't do that so there won't be no accidents or things like that."
Administrators and deputies at local schools have plans to make this year’s spring break a safe one.
"What were going to try and do here at Chiles High School is like what we've done in the past, is try to do programs prior to spring break."
And this year there's a new program called "Street Smarts." DEP Meeks says this program and many others like it can help save lives, as long as teens listen and make the right choices during spring break.
In Leon County, spring break starts March 17 with students returning on the 27th.
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