Virtual Snow Days
A school superintendent in West Virginia is being praised for giving her district an actual snow day. The district could go to virtual learning since they learned how to do that during the pandemic, but they decided not to.
“It has been a year of seemingly endless loss and the stress of trying to make up for that loss,” wrote Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson. “For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year.”
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio made the opposite decision.
“I know we all grew up with the excitement of snow days, but this year is different. Tomorrow will be a FULL REMOTE learning day for our students,” said the mayor on Twitter
This is an interesting conundrum. Snow days cut into holiday and summer breaks because they have to be made up. Now that students can go virtual, should they? Or should they get those days as a mental break to go outside and play and cozy up inside with family? Snow days do have a romantic nostalgia to them after all.
“Take pictures of your kids in snow hats they will outgrow by next year and read books that you have wanted to lose yourself in, but haven’t had the time,” the West Virginia superintendent said in her letter. “We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday, but for tomorrow, go build a snowman.”