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Mr. President about our snow days in DC...

Don't take this post too seriously.  I just wanted to give my 2 cents as a Metro DC native...

Yesterday, President Obama made a joke about schools closing in DC over a bit of ice. You can see the story and the video clip here.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/28/obama-weather-jokes-in-ch_n_161634.html

I could go on about the reasons for why we have a tough time with "some ice" in DC but for now, I'd like to speak up for the kids in the area.

I know it was a joke and I agree that in a way we are wimps when it comes to snow and ice.  In fact, when I lived in Akita (where it was like a blizzard everyday...seriously if it wasn't snowing it was raining everyday), I used to complain why school was still open and explain to the teachers about how where I'm from schools and even the government shuts down if the snow stuck to the ground.

But I hope Pres. Obama, Malia and Sasha realize or will come to realize what a joy and blessing a snow day is to students/schoolkids in the DC area.  Seriously, snow days were blessings when I was a kid.  Everytime we heard of a chance of snow in the forecast, my class would pray and even do Native American snow dances in hopes that we'd get a snow day.  Snow days were days we'd always look forward, too.  The way we appreciate a snow day is like a part of our culture or at least that's what I'm beginning to think when I hear people call us ridiculous for not having school on these kinds of days.

Snow days meant one more day to work on a report or project, study for an exam, or prepare for a speech.  Who wouldn't want a snow day?
For adults it was another story but even my parents would get snow days, too.

Another great thing about snow days is just having a day to appreciate the snow.  We could spend the day with some hot cocoa with marshmallows and go out and play in the snow until we got too tired.

Snow days are just great all around so I hope they stay around for years and years to come.

PS: Either way, I still love my Pres., just wanted to give the 411 on how some of the native kids might feel.:p

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rukawagf
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
lol~ i would just tell mr. president, well, back long time ago in DC when I was in school, once it snowed 3 in and school continued... but the bus hit the ice, and fell into a ditch, injuring a lot of kids in the bus. and the public school got sued by massive amounts of parents XD

after that, no school after 2 inches of snow XD

i was soooo happy~~~~
mizukiaya
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
Woah 3 inches, and there was still school? That's crazy! Glad they learned their lesson.
mirax
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Amen, Sista! Snow days are the absolute best! Yesterday, the university should have closed. I had to practically ice skate to work. Now that I work in the department that handles the university's insurance, I can tell you a crap load of kids slip on the ice while walking between classes and have to go to the health center or hospital, and the university foots the bill.

When I lived in Frederick, they always got more snow, so we had tons of days off! It was excellent. Now that I work at a university, we don't get snow days as often, but we still get them, and it is a glorious sight. The students steal the dining trays from the dining halls and use them as sleds. We get one more day on our papers. Snowball fights on the campus are the best!

100% agreed ^^
mizukiaya
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Snowball fights on campus do rock!^o^
I remember always watching the news when winter weather came into town and being jealous of you guys in Frederick and all the other counties that were prone to getting inches of snow. Whenever the school closings were announced it was like you guys were always on there. so lucky!!
sherryillk
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Haha, I've always felt like I've been shafted in terms of snow days. Outside of elementary school, all the schools I've attended after that wouldn't close for anything unless we got blizzard conditions. At the time, I didn't like it but I'm sure it played hell on the schedule. I remember once after I graduated, they actually had to add on days because of extra snow days. Teachers get piad for snow days but for no teaching so they had to make it up somehow and that's how they did it. If it's a choice between not having snow day and an extra day in the school year, I would choose to forgo the snow day in a heartbeat.
mizukiaya
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, wouldn't want to have a makeup day if it fell at the end of the year either.
Luckily, my county had a certain amount of allotted snow days so that even if we missed school it'd be okay. I think maybe one time when we had a blizzard was the only time we were in danger of using up all those allotted days and having to show up for a makeup day. But that was far too rare.

Did you guys ever get days off for it being too hot outside? I remember we got a day off once and sometimes half days because of a heat wave. If it got too hot, my elementary school would give out free ice cream cups or ice cream sandwiches.
sherryillk
Jan. 30th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Well, I'm from Oregon and we have a very temperate climate here... We never get all that hot and never during the school year.

As for allotted snow days, we have them as well. The problem is that because we're temperate, we don't get that much snow in the first place so it never gets to the point where snow is that big of a factor that we need to close an entire day (we generally get a lot of ice so we have lots of delays instead) so they build in like three days. And then one of those bad winters comes and we get over a week long of constant snow and we get screwed. LOL, you've got to love how global warming plays with our weather.

I have to wonder about NYC schools though. I did America Reads for four years and never have I had a snow day. NYU never closes so that's expected but you would think the public schools would be a bit more lenient. But some of those schools don't have AC and it would get crazily hot towards the end of the school year... :\ But I doubt they'll close then either.
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