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Old 12-08-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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Ok never in my life have I experienced a snow day... Texas gets snow very ...... RARELY. I've had a few delays from ice, but a snow day?? Never!

So I need someone to please explain to me the PROS and CONS of snow so deep that you have to cancel school!


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Old 12-08-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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Con - you have to shovel your driveway... or pay someone else
Con - if it's really deep, you probably can't leave your house
Con - you run the risk of losing electricity if the storm is bad

Pro - you're out of school, duh!
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Pro- You have an unexpected, immediate day off to just hang out.

Cons- It gets tacked on to the end of the school year so you have to make the day up in late June.
If you have too many snow days, you end up losing your April vacation.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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Pro-You get to go sledding!!! (atleast I could growing up. Now I have no hills, but no snow either)
Pro-You get to sleep in!

Con-You lose a day of teaching, but the date of the benchmark tests won't change.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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Pro- Waking up to sparkly snow covering the ground (which is brown and dead), the tree branches, the rooftops- and hearing quiet is absolutely amazing.

Pro- Being able to make snowmen, go sledding, build forts, have snowball fights with your family

Con- When the temp plunges after the big snow and it turns hard as ice and the kids cannot even go out to play in it.


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I like all things snow (I realize I may be in the minority) so I could go on and on about pros, tops being no school and x-c skiing

con- your district may have you make up the day later in the year-
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When I stand outside my door I can slide to the bottom of my driveway without a sled(and not always standing up). I drive up my driveway when I get home. I can't back down, becasue the engine is heavier and likes to go down first. So if I don't have room between the piles of plowed snow, I pray my car doesn't spin itself and get wedged sideways. (Happens now and then)

Cars tend to slide into the ditch and gets stuck when a bus does it.... it's not good.
Temperatures with wind can be well below zero. Exposed skin freezes within minutes.
The roads are completely ice covered (snow packs to ice and doesn't melt).

In Northern Wisconsin they are more winter hardy then in Southern Wisconsin. Many of the kids can come to school on snow mobiles.

"A foot or more of snow was expected in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, meteorologists said. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph could create snow drifts of 8 to 15 feet."

A drift can lift your car up and spin it easily, then you have NO control of your car.

A day of school off WOOPEE, but then again, I will be working an extra day in June when it is lovely outside.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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I agree with the pros and cons you've gotten so far. It is nice to have an unexpected (albeit hoped and prayed for) break. Personally, I don't like to have too many, b/c I'd rather be off in June, when the weather is nice.

Another pro: not having to defront/deice your car and drive in treacherous conditions.

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and hearing quiet is absolutely amazing.
Yeah...that is SO nice. Sparkly and quiet...
Until the snowplows come barreling past, that is.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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So I need someone to please explain to me the PROS and CONS of snow so deep that you have to cancel school!
It's not deep snow that gets us out of school here. We get out because even a little bit of snow--like a trace--can make our curvy, mountain road super dangerous for the busses.

I've been at my school for 17 years, and the fewest number of snow days we've ever missed was 9. The most was 26.

I love a good "surprise" snow day when I'm not expecting to get out, so I can just roll over and stay in bed as long as I want.

I hate it when we've had day after day and we can't get anything done . . . and state testing stays the same no matter what. So, we have sometimes gotten close to a month of instruction less than other schools.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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The biggest con is making up the day in June. So...if i got my wish it would be a 2 hour delay! You get a relaxed morning and you don't have to make up the day.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:10 PM
 
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I totally agree about the two hour delay versus a snow day! We're off on a snow day today, in fact, and betting that there will be one tomorrow, too. I'd very much prefer a delay or an early release to too many snow days.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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We are allowed 3 days before we need to make up
Last year we had 4 days so we lost a work day
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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Pros
sleeping in if the super decides to let us know the night before (this has been the ONLY time that's happened.)

having one before Christmas means I can get caught up on wrapping gifts, getting cards sent out and baking.

having fun with ds! We love to hang out in our jammies until after lunch. Then we head outside to build a snowman, shovel the sidewalk (I have someone plow the drive), and appreciate the incredible beauty of snow covered, sparkly trees. We head back in for some hot cocoa and play games, watch movies or just play.

getting a break from "those" children at school.

getting a break from "those" teachers at school.

The ONLY con I can think of is having to make up some of the days.
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huh? why do you guys have to make up days??? the deal here is we have so many (5?) snow/emergency days built into our calendar. (which i've never heard from anyone important...)

but we have had 2-3 "snow" days during the 19 years i've worked for this district---it's pretty much one every 6 years or so. we get a lot of snow here--and it's not the snow that calls for a snow day--it's the icy, slick roads.

pro: more time to catch up on planning and grading!

con: plans/schedule is now all messed up a day


also, we don't have the delay here, which i think is good---how does everyone get their kids to school if they don't have a work delay?
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We have to make up days because our contract states we must. We have to have a certain number of student contact days. It seems like you have built in days, we don't. We make up a certain number of days at the end of the school year. Usually we only end up adding on 2 days at the end. Not a big deal in my book.

As far as delays....parents know they can happen and plan accordingly. Kids may go to neighbors for a couple of hours or their day care provider. It works for us.

I personally LOVE delays. We don't have to make them up and we get a bit of a break.
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We build in snow days too.
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In fact, because we go more minutes on an average day than we are required to, we can use those minutes for snow days too. We usually have 9 days that we can use for snow days.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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huh? why do you guys have to make up days??? the deal here is we have so many (5?) snow/emergency days built into our calendar. (which i've never heard from anyone important...)
They actually have a better deal then- that means you have 5 extra days in your schedule .
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Pros:
getting to sleep in (if kids are old enough to leave you alone)
getting a break from school kids that are crazy because of the changes in the weather, the fact that it is snowing, & stir-crazy because of being inside too long
watching your kids play in the snow and enjoy being a kid!

Cons:
making up the day at the end of the year (no built-ins)
shoveling snow
being stuck inside because the roads are bad & stores are closed
lesson plans are messed up (should have used pencil!)
the next day back at school is like the day after a holiday
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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So after posting this last night I had a dream that we got cancelled for a snow day If only dreams came true! Though I do have a new outlook on it all since I read all of your cons
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