Snow Days: A Blessing or a Curse?


Paul Mitalipov

Last Thursday and Friday, all BSD schools canceled school due to a sudden snow. The BSD announced late last Wednesday evening that school the following Thursday was canceled as a result of said snow. The snow fell hard late Thursday morning and was even enough to get school canceled the following Friday.

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A late tweet from the BSD twitter announcing the snow day.

This development has had mixed reactions from students: some were ecstatic to have a surprise four-day weekend, while others were upset at missing crucial work days.

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Excited students showcasing their reactions online.

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An excited student replying to the BSD’s announcement that there would be a second snow day.

“They’re bittersweet because you don’t have to do anything, which is nice. But, you also just start to feel useless after not doing anything for a while,” said Joe Cassidy, a senior at Aloha.

Nathan Hernandez, a sophomore, voiced his problem with the snow day, saying that: “I didn’t like having to make up work, and missing critical days for upcoming tests.”

Another fear of students and staff alike is that the BSD will exceed the threshold for snow days, and will have to tack on additional school days at the end of the school year. The BSD is currently allowed two snow days a school year without having to add additional days. A major effect of this, other than a shorter summer break, is that students will have less time to prepare for the AP exams in May, the dates of which do not change to accommodate schools that have missed days.

Although we have not exceeded the snow day threshold yet, it could still realistically happen. The forecast for this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday shows an afternoon snow. However, nothing is certain at the moment, so we’ll just have to wait and see if this winter will bring us any more snow days.

 

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Senior Naomi Grant’s lovely snowman (or snowwoman).

 

       

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