The 'catastrophic' error means that the half-term break should actually start from Monday 22nd February.

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Children have been celebrating across Essex this evening after it was revealed that there has been a catastrophic error in the county’s academic calendar for 2015/2016 – bungling educational planning chiefs have said that the half-term holiday should have been from Monday 22nd February until Sunday 28th February. Now that the British educational authority has been forced to go public with the announcement, it is in effect ILLEGAL for any local schools to re-open until Monday 1st March.

We asked for further information about how the error had occurred, and a source within the local government admitted: ‘When the original calendars were typed up in the Summer of 2014, a standard practice as these are compiled a couple of years in advance, the junior clerical officer in charge of the task entered the wrong week in the Microsoft Word document. He published the calendar online and sent a link to his manager for checking, but unfortunately he forgot to enter the ‘@’ symbol in the email address. A few minutes after the email was sent, the junior employee was sacked for messing around with a secretary in the stationery cupboard, and so he was never able to return to his desk and see that the email had been returned undelivered. The wrong calendar has been online and distributed to hundreds of schools ever since.’

Once details of the mistake went public an hour ago, a number of major holiday companies reportedly increased prices by 50% for any last minute bookings for the upcoming week, with one UK-based holiday park chain admitting that the error could be ‘the best piece of commercial news in its history.’

In a late development, senior county officials are now checking every academic calendar for the last ten years to see if any other mistakes have been made – because of legal statutory error periods in the UK, there is no obligation to look back any further. According to unconfirmed reports, similar mix-ups with dates may mean that children in Essex are owed TWELVE WEEKS of school holidays ‘in lieu.’ An urgent enquiry has been launched.

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