As soon as winter weather arrives and the air gets cold, children across the country begin to pray for snow days. For most American kids, a snow day means a day to sleep in, play in the snow, and take day off from school without being sick.
South had its first snow day of the year on Tuesday, December 10, after having a two hour delay the day before. Winter has not even arrived and our area has received considerable amounts of snow already.
Many students slept in and watched movies on our first snow day. Sydney Kahn said “It’s like a day off with snow on the ground,” adding that “movies are always good.”
Brendan Matthews chose the indoor route as well and said the best snow day activities include “Watching Christmas movies and bundling up next to a fire with some cookies.”
However, senior Alex Tottser said “Sled. You gotta take advantage of it while you can.” Shelby Epstein and Kaley Smith both agreed that sledding is a perfect snow day activity. Shelby also mentioned decorating and “drinking hot chocolate with friends” as some of her favorite things to do.
It seems that both indoors and out, students have found some great things to do on snow days when school is not in session. South may have quite a few snow days because The Weather Channel has forecasted that this winter will be cold towards the end of the season with the potential for lots of snow.
Lots of snow could mean lots of snow days, or it could mean bundling up in the freezing snowy weather to wait for the bus to come. Central Bucks School District seems to avoid calling snow days because they will have to be made up later, on either an allotted day or in the summer.
These make up days can upset students, parents, and school board officials because summer vacations are shortened by a snow day. Snow days also mean more days that the school has to stay open, heated or cooled, and it’s one more day where people have to be paid.
Mr. Frank Blusiewicz, a former night custodian, said that when the school was closed they had a special number to call to find out when they should report to school, usually around eight or nine in the morning. Then the job of the custodians was “to plow, shovel, and salt all of the sidewalks and doorways so school could open on time the next day.”
Junior Billy Ambrose said, “I don’t mind having snow days; it doesn’t really make a difference at the end of the year because you’re going to be anxious to go anyway.” He added, “It’s really nice to have that extra day off in the middle of the winter when you need a break.
Another junior, Meghan Brannan, disagreed, “I hate snow days, they’re so boring. It’s nice to sleep in but then I feel like I’m stuck inside with nothing to do.” Getting frustrated she added, “They just take a day off of summer vacation which is actually fun.”
Whether you like snow days or not they are bound to happen. So the next time we have one, maybe try what some CB South students are doing: sledding, sleeping in, watching movies, building snowmen, enjoying the outside while they still can, or staying bundled up inside where it’s warm. Whatever you choose, the choice is yours.