After five snow days so far this winter, the once exciting break from school has become a reoccurring nuisance.
In early January, and the entire student body was begging for a day off.
Students were so excited in the hype of the season’s first storms that they made the calls themselves. Assignments due on the day of prospective storms were ignored, as everyone was sure that school would be cancelled.
Failing to do work was hardly an issue though, as the desire for a day off was so new and strong that if school had been held, about a third of the student body would likely not have shown up anyway.
However, five snow days and a delayed start later, the excitement has worn off.
Although the last day of school is currently June 23, the realization that each snow day slowly sucks away summer causes them to lose their childish charm.
The continuous interruptions are also at fault for a lack of momentum in school work, making the idea of a five-day week something to laugh at. The combination of snow days and drop days causes students to feel like their class is always a day away, draining them of all initiative to work.
Although missed days are added to the end of the year, MCAS and Advanced Placement exams are not pushed back, elevating the annoyance of missing class.
According to Superintendent Pamela Beaudoin, measures will be taken if the threat of going to school in July becomes legitimate.
“There is no hard fast rule stating when school has to end, but because of the complications that arise with contracts and family plans, the School Committee would vote on Saturday schooling and vacation cuts if we were edging up on July,” she said.
Once the benefit of New England’s bitter winters, snow days have become an enemy, an annoyance that makes students beg for school.