Save Our Snow Days

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There is just something about being awoken by the ring of a phone or beep of an early morning text alerting you to the school being closed.  Back in the day, it was commonplace to park yourself in front of the tv and eagerly watch the alphabetized list of schools on loop to see if you were the lucky recipient of a snow day.  The longer the list, the more the excitement would build.  When it wouldn’t show, you never despaired as you were absolutely sure it would on the next rotation. 

Anticipation would build quickly as snow fell slowly outside. 

Snow days are a rite of passage for students and teachers living in areas that are prone to significant snow accumulation in the winter months or even those places like the deep South that don’t have equipment to deal with even a minor snowfall. 

C’mon people, are we really going to rob children of this wonderful and rare academic holiday?

The sad truth is that because we are now living in a time of so much virtual learning, many states are contemplating the unthinkable idea of eliminating snow days! [ NYT | Today.com | Edutopia ]

Their argument:  When you can teach content on a virtual platform, there really is not any reason to halt learning just because of snow fall.  While this makes complete sense, it also destroys a irreplaceable shared experience, a hallmark of youth. 

I know, snow days are not anything spectacular in and of themselves - there are no presents, no fireworks, no decorations.  But their unexpected arrival does provide a sense of released responsibility for the day and are often filled with sledding, hot chocolate, cookies, and time spent with friends.  While our world may look vastly different than last year, the unparalleled magic of snow days is still the same.

You would be hard pressed to find someone, especially an elementary-aged student that does not revel in the joy of an unexpected snow day.  Whether it be the excitement of sleeping in, the extra time with friends or just a chance to binge-watch favorite shows all day, there is always something to look forward to. 

On the flip side, a lot of teachers get almost giddy at the thought of a snow day.  When there are storms preparing to hit, it is difficult to determine if the school is full of teachers or novice meteorologists.  The amount of traffic a weather blog or site receives on those days is likely quite high, as teachers anticipate eagerly the impending storm.

Walk through an elementary school and you will likely hear plans of what amounts to innocent voodoo by wearing pajamas inside out, flushing ice cubes down the toilet or sleeping with a spoon under your pillow to help encourage a large enough snowfall to cancel school.

We here are Mobile Permissions are drawing a line in the snow… we eagerly would love your help to SAVE OUR SNOWDAYS!

The time is now, before the snow falls in earnest to let our school districts, our principals, our administrators, and our state departments of education that we want to KEEP OUR SNOW DAYS!   While we may not agree on political parties or types of cola or even how to eat an Oreo, let us come together to rally around this noble cause! 

May freedom fall like snow against the tyranny of virtual education.  Snow Days Now and Forever!!  Will you join us?