Snow Day Slump

Snow Day Slump

If you turn on the ABC Evening News, most likely the first words you will hear are “winter storm” or “deep freeze”. This winter has hit the nation harder than almost any in history, and definitely harder than any winters of our generation. With all of these frigid temperatures and massive snowstorms come bad road conditions, power outages, water shortages, and our favorite: snow days.

We all love getting that call at 6am- or better yet, the night before- telling us that school is cancelled, but all of these free days do not come without a cost. As the days pile up, our calamity days (snow days) wind down. Already this year, we have used all of our allotted five days, plus 2 more days, and the snow keeps coming. With all of those missed days, we could be looking at the dreadful possibility of making up the time by cutting into our summer break.

Ohio’s Governor Kasich is pushing for a one-time increase of calamity days this year alone, urging legislators to put the kids’ safety first. Kasich says that extending the school year to make up for missed days can cause chaos on school budgets and schedules, not to mention graduation dates. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on the decision over increased calamity days, but the vote will take place soon, and things are looking good. Many schools are already assuming that the extra days are going to be approved.

If we do end up missing more school days, and with the way the weather has been lately, that is looking more and more likely, then we just might have to accept the fact that we may be getting out of school a little later in June. Look on the bright side, by then at least the weather will be warmer… hopefully.