The Graph of Snow Day Excitement.

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Snow Days affect us in different ways.Sad But True.  (from GraphJam.com)

To break it down I’ve made a graph with words (it’s all I got, so bear with me).

 

Students:  It’s a combination of Christmas, their birthdays, and a trip to the amusement park.  In their lifetimes nothing rivals this special day.

Not their first cars.  Not their college graduations.  Not their weddings.  Not their firstborns.

Nothing.

The snow day to a child is life’s greatest gift.

 

Parents:  It’s fun about once a year (especially if they also get off work).  It’s not unlike summer vacation for mom and dad. 

Fun for awhile, but at some point  it is time for the kids to go back to school (this generally occurs about 9:42 am when the kids announce they are bored).

Snow Days #2-5 are simply babysitting nightmares.

 

Teachers:  They will tell you they don’t want a Snow Day… way too much to do.

That’s a lie.

It’s a paid day off. 

Even if they have a lot to do, they get over it about halfway through watching Regis and Kelly in their pajamas (teachers’ pajamas… not Regis’s).

 

Principals:  It’s a break from students, parents, and teachers.

Enough said.

Of course, if the principal is also a parent… all bets are off (sometimes watching 400 of other people’s kids is easier than 2 of your own).

 

Superintendents:  Snow Days are a nightmare.

Do you cancel school?

Do you not cancel school?

Who wants to get up at 4:00 am and stare into the darkness and try to guess what the weather will be like in 3 to 8 hours?

What do you say when parents call and complain?

Cancel school and people are upset about not being able to find a sitter.

Don’t cancel and the very same people complain about how dare you risk the children’s lives when it’s _________ (fill in the blank with snowing, windy, cold, foggy, or icy).

Even worse, don’t cancel and all four districts that surround you do (the dreaded Snow Day Donut).

It’s a no win.

Now don’t get me wrong.  It’s still fun.

It’s still a Snow Day!!!

As always, Snow Day is capitalized. That’s out of respect.  We don’t want to offend the precious Snow Day and risk it not returning.

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4 Responses to “The Graph of Snow Day Excitement.”


  1. Karen
    on Dec 13th, 2010
    @ 10:20 am

    So in my district we have a combination of mountains and urban ring roads. Of course when it snows the mountain kids’ busses can’t get up the mountains. But the urban ring kids’ busses can sail right through their routes. Parents in both areas do NOT understand the point of view in any area but their own, particularly the urban folks who have already started on days 2-5 at home with the kids. What helped was when whoever rode the roads at 4 am in the Mountains took cell phone pictures and pasted them right on the front of the district website with a caption something like, “This is why we are closed today.” Seemed to help the calls to the Supts office. Try it, you may like it.


  2. Ryan
    on Dec 13th, 2010
    @ 12:21 pm

    One year, we lost four Wednesdays in a row due to weather. As far as planning is concerned, it was a perfect storm for teachers.

    Loved the chart. : )
    Ryan


  3. Christy
    on Dec 13th, 2010
    @ 7:38 pm

    As a teacher I hate snow days for one reason only: we have only ONE snow day built into the calendar, and I know I am going to want that 4 day weekend over Memorial Day. Also, the board simply tacks days on to the end of the year if we get more than that one day, so in a bad year (like this one is shaping up to be) it is a distinct possibility that we will have the “Do we get the 4th of July off of school?” conversation. Our current last day of school is now June 22.


  4. Charlie A. Roy
    on Dec 16th, 2010
    @ 5:33 am

    I get to drive the roads for the Catholic Schools in Peoria and make the call. Here’s an email I received from a student at around 1:00 am last Monday morning after about 3″ of snow. It was heartfelt but saddening

    “As you can see from this handy weather bulletin, at around 7 a.m. tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to be a bone-chilling 3 degrees. Yes, that was a 3, not a 30, or even a 13. In light of this, I would like to bring to your attention the very real plight of the bus-rider who, when waking up tomorrow morning, will take his very life into his hands when deciding whether or not to venture into the unforgiving cold to attend another day at your fine academy. Is this poor child’s life worth another day of school (a Monday at that!) when other alternatives can be put into operation (namely a cancellation)? I’d like to turn your attention now to the Bible when it states that “He told them this parable.
    ‘Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.’”Luke 15:3-7″

    The appeal to the Gospel was unique.

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