Why *remedy* means school term break?

From m-w.com :

Definition of remedy (Entry 1 of 2)
1: a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease
2: something that corrects or counteracts
3: the legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong

I don’t understand why it means the break in a school term?

However, what I read from a school’s handbook is:

Term dates 2021-22

2021 Autumn Term
Friday 3 September - Thursday 16 December
Remedy: Monday 18 October - Friday 29 October; Monday 6 December

2022 Spring term
Thursday 6 January - Friday 25 March
Remedy : Thursday 6 January; Monday 14 - Friday 18 February

2022 Summer Term
Thursday 21 April - Thursday 7 July
Remedy: Monday 2 May; Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June 

Why Remedy can be a school term’s break?


Oxford English Dictionary [subscription required]

remedy, n

5. At certain English schools (latterly only Winchester and St Paul’s): a time specially granted for recreation; a day’s or half-day’s holiday.

Remedy, with this meaning, has examples back to around 1450.

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