2018-08-08 / Community View


Snow days are an expected right of childhood

Need a sure and certain sign of the coming of the end of days? Look no farther than Anderson, SC.

It seems that the good folks on the Board of Education for Anderson School District 5 have decided to kill snow days. These heartless fiends announced late last month that this school year will be the first to have no snow days factored into the calendar.

Instead every child will be required to take their Chrome Books home with them every day, just in case there is enough white stuff on the ground the next morning to keep the busses off the roads.

That’s right kids of Anderson, S.C., your teachers may be kicking back, with their feet up, sipping Bailey’s-laced hot cocoa, but you’re gonna be doing math homework, by gawd.

Superintendent Tom Wilson, told his local television station, “At the end of the day, it makes common sense and financial sense to implement this program.”

Way to suck all the joy out of childhood Tom.

Snow days, at least for Yankee kids, is as much a part of childhood as Christmas and the annual birthday trip to Chuck-E-Cheese to eat so much pepperoni that you redecorate the back seat of dad’s car if you can’t roll the window down fast enough on the way home.

Snow days are like overtime for your parents. It’s not really part of the compensation package, but when it happens often enough you begin to count on it.

When my father began teaching in the town I grew up in, the president of the school board told him to expect four to five snow days a year. Dad, who grew up in northern Minnesota, where summer lasts from 1:45 to 2:38 p.m. Aug. 11, thought this was daft. Coming from a place so far north they thought of Yoopers as southerners, he’d never heard of such a thing.

But I grew up expecting to get four to five glorious days of sledding midweek while it was light out. Taking that away is unconscionable. Even my kids who grew up in a place where the only ice came in rum drinks knew the joy of weather roulette vacations.

While the neighbor kids would recount their snow days while my boys were with me for the summer, my boys would counter with tales of wind days. In the islands, if the sustained winds are more than 45 mph, the powers that be cancel schools. Apparently, they find the idea of a bus full of kiddies hurtling off a bridge between the islands and into the turquoise sea off putting.

Yes, snow days are as much a right of childhood as catching frogs on a warm summer afternoon.

Here’s hoping the Anderson Abomination doesn’t catch on.

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