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Snow Day!

I remember when I was in school and if there was a  hint of snow children would be antsy as they anticipated a day off.  We would wake up early and look out the window  then rush to the tv and sit through the endless lists of towns as we simultaneously listened to the radio.  Today, I am working in towns that send automated messages to your phone and I can go on the town website to see the status. There are many choices for how a town deal with the snow and the attendance of students at school.

My town seemed to be very stingy about giving out snow days, though that could have been my biased child’s mind thinking.  I see now that the problem with snow is you never really know what is going to happen and it seems like no matter what choice the town makes issues can arise.  If there was only a little snow and the students were given a whole day off to have the snow stop later, some parents complain they have had to find childcare for only a little snow.  However, if school is not called off and it snows while children are in school, there are complaints about the dangers and difficulties of getting children. I could remember days being bundled up just to walk the few blocks to school or I would be sitting in class and staring out the window watching the snow fall and hoping my mom would pull me out early like some of the other kids.  To deal with some of the issues that a midday snow might cause, some towns issue early dismissals.

A new thing that my town implemented in recent years is delayed openings.  Kids entered an hour and a half later than normal.   It is good for those days when snow has stopped and time is just needed to clear the roads, shovel out the car, and spend more time to get around.   It also gives teachers a little extra sleep!

What does your town do for snow days?

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They called for snow today and as I looked out the window in the morning I was glad to see nothing  was on the ground and it was not yet snowing.  However, the one town I was in said they were having a half day…good thing too as it started snowing while I was on my way out the door and visibility was greatly diminished by the time I made my ten minute drive to work.  As the day progressed the weather got pretty bad and I wished they had called the whole day off.  I came out and had to dig my car out and the usual after-school traffic was significantly worse.  Though, I really can’t complain because the next town over had a full day of school.  I wonder if the difference is one town has busing and the other does not?  Either way, I enjoyed sipping my hot cocoa as I watched the snow fall and saw kids walking home.

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