Why snow days are harming the students and district

By Sean Fleming ‘21

Most students, big or small, always look forward to the winter season. Part of it might be the excitement for winter break, or maybe it’s the holidays. All in all, however, snow days are the best. A break in the school week is definitely an event to look forward to. When looking at the big picture though, ask yourself: are snow days harming the student?

As most of the East Coast should know, a snow day is when it snows so much that the streets can’t get plowed in time for school. Superintendents share messages saying that school is cancelled for the day.

School being cancelled causes a massive effect on the school district. According to CNN, more money needs to be invested on janitors working extra times to plow the sidewalks and cover the sidewalks with salt.

Forecasts can be wrong also. Superintendents can cancel school, only for the snow to turn into rain, which can lead to dozens of e-mails and calls from the parents of the students.

Teachers can be affected as well. A snow day can completely mess up well-planned out teachers with a day-to-day schedule.
If teachers and students alike don’t bring their books home before the snow storm, they could be stuck at home with no schoolwork to grade or complete, which can cause students to fall behind in schoolwork.

To add to the dilemmas of a snow day, teachers have to make up time for the day lost during the snowstorm. Cramming information is never okay. Students could get confused really easily.

Single parents with children have to worry about snow days as well. According to thinkprogress.org, an American news website, a worker at a Whole Foods store named Rhiannon Broschat was fired because she didn’t come to work on a snow day. She didn’t skip work out of pure laziness. Instead, she was home caring for her son.

Snow days may look nice, but are they hurting the student more than hurting them?