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Belichick starts chanting ‘No days off!’ — to many who had taken the day off

It was such a Belichickian way to cut loose.

As the Patriots parade came to a close near Boston City Hall, coach Bill Belichick, who said this team had worked harder than any he’d coached, whipped the crowd into a frenzy with chants of “No days off! No days off! No days off!”

Although some players standing nearby Belichick goodnaturedly joined in on the chant, they seemed significantly less excited than the crowd. (Though who can blame them — Belichick’s chant was basically the equivalent of calling for more work shifts at happy hour.)

It’s not the first time after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win the Belichick steadfastly focused on the future. On Monday, the celebrated coach said the team is already behind for next season.


“As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we’re five weeks behind in the 2017 season,’’ he said then.

Belichick’s parade chant also seemed a bit ironic, considering that of the thousands of people clogging Boston’s streets, many of them likely took time off work or school to cheer on their team.

In fact, in schools across the state, officials reported quiet classrooms and deserted hallways.

At Foxborough High School, in the home of the Patriots, 300 students were absent Tuesday, said Sheila Sneyd, secretary to the principal. That’s nearly one-third of the student body of 838.

Debra L. Spinelli, superintendent of the Foxborough Schools, said she was not surprised that one-third of the town’s high school students were absent.

“They are our hometown heroes and we are 100 percent behind them and it’s quite exciting for our community,” Spinelli said.

In nearby Easton,180 students were absent at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, triple the typical 50 or 60, Superintended Luis Lopes said.


Everett High School had 312 students absent, about 100 more than usual, said Superintendent Frederick Foresteire.

A Patriots fan held a sign reading, “I'm wearing this mask ‘cause I called in sick to be here” at City Hall Plaza.BARRY CHIN/Globe Staff

Billy Baker of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.