After a long week of academic English, students can certainly be tired. Exhausted, even. It’s the perfect opportunity for them to take a break! Students take short breaks during the day between classes, as well. But, considering this is a long weekend, they may be taking a break by leaving town for the weekend. Perhaps they will take a break on the beach (Memorial Day weekend is considered to be the start of the summer vacation season!).
Of course, to take a break is to rest and relax by stopping work. Go ahead, take a break. You’ve earned it.