Snow Days

IMAG0505 Today marked the ninth snow day for Jessamine County Schools this year.  My kids have stopped thinking of school as their default Mon-Fri daytime location—it’s now the exception.

IMAG0506On the plus side, it’s meant opportunities to bake cookies, play outside, have fires, and watch movies.  On the not-s0-plus side, it’s meant cabin fever, lots more clutter around the house at the end of the day, and a worn-out mom and dad.

IMAG0507Talking with other parents, it’s the unpredictability that makes it stressful, not having the kids at home.  I’d rather not have to wait until 5:45 each morning to find out how to plan the rest of the day.

5 Replies to “Snow Days”

  1. When we lived in Wilmore and Richie lived with us, his schedule would get SO out of whack on snow days; he’d sleep until noon, then spend most of the day on the computer or playing video games. And the Teenage Moodiness Factor went WAY up as well.
    After 2 times of this happening, we finally wised up, and didn’t tell him when school had been canceled for snow. We left in the morning as usual, and on the way in, I informed him that school was canceled, I was dropping him off at the library for a few hours, then would pick him up for lunch. Although I got some (expected) grumbling, everyone was much happier with that arrangement, and the atmosphere had a bit less Teenage Moodiness on those days.

    1. So, you’re suggesting I drop Josh and Lauryn at the library and pick them up for lunch? 🙂 I’m sure the librarians would love me!

  2. Not to mention that, with this many snow days, school will run long into the summer.

    My personal theory on snow days is that the school systems need to completely revise how the school year works. The current system is the product of our agrarian past, when children were needed to help around the farm during the summer. Now that this is much less common, it would make more sense to me to have the long school holidays from, say, December to February, so that school wouldn’t be in session for the worst of the winter weather. This means fewer weather-related schedule disruptions, plus they wouldn’t have the expense of heating the schools during those cold months (though they would trade that for running A/C during the summer, I suppose). They could do a two-week Summer Break around the 4th of July.

    Too bad nobody’s asking me, right? 😉

    1. Yeah, ask the kids how they would like having their summer break disappear! (Not to mention all the summer camps.)

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