Encourage Boston Public Schools to keep snow days during online learning

Encourage Boston Public Schools to keep snow days during online learning

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Maya Nelson started this petition to Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Dr. Brenda Cassellius

Online learning has shifted our school experience in a number of ways, and based on current trend lines, it is likely to continue for some time. Many of these changes seem logical, and are made in the interest of bettering our online learning experience. However, the decision to ban snow days, despite seeming to make sense, will have unintended consequences on the mental health of every student in Boston Public Schools. 

As someone who has attended a variety of Boston Public Schools for the last 11 years of my life, I have experienced my fair share of snow days. There is something magical about waking up, and realizing that there is no school that day, and instead you can just cuddle up and read a book, or play outside in the snow. In fact, it is one of the best feelings in the world. During this time where many people have declining mental health due to the state of the world, a pleasant surprise every once in a while has never been more important. 

In fact, in some ways this year is particularly well suited for snow days. Records shared by the district show that over the past six years, BPS has closed because of weather an average of 3.8 days per year. These days can be a source of stress for parents, including mine, who have full time jobs and worry about where to send their children during these days off. However, right now many families have already arranged their lives so that they are home far more of the time, in order to support their children in online learning. Because of this, snow days have never been easier on parents.

I understand that theoretically, online learning works just as well no matter what the weather is, but in practice there are many reasons why being in class while it is snowing is simply impractical. Older students are often needed to help with shoveling, which is both a concern for public safety as well as for convenience of the neighborhood. Younger students should be given the opportunity that we all grew up taking for granted: to play in the snow, go sledding, and just be kids. The pandemic has taken so much away from this younger generation, but I refuse to let it destroy our sense of childlike wonder and joy. 

Please sign my petition, and share it with classmates, friends, parents, and teachers, if you care about my message and preserving this integral tradition. 

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