BY EDDY ZHAO '25
It’s nearly spring-time but that doesn’t mean winter fun is over! Don’t be fooled by the sixty degrees weather, a snow storm will inevitably sneak up on you. With snow storms nearing on your weather app, your whole being is consumed by one activity, and one activity alone: feverishly waiting by the phone for superintendent Peter Light to give you a phone call canceling school the next day. A snow day! Finally some rest amidst your 7-page English essay and 3 tests coming up next week. Here in New England, we can rest assured that we will get at least one impromptu break day every year, but what if this one constant is robbed from us? What if the one thing we can rely on in this ever-changing world is suddenly gone?? This post-apocalyptic world might just become our reality with the realization that we can go to school at home. That’s right dear reader, I am insinuating that the death of the snow day may be upon us—and its murderer is the evil Zoom.
While AB hasn’t gotten rid of the snow day permanently, a likely policy change would lead to us having to say goodbye to these wonderful surprises. I see several problems with this approach, allow me to elaborate: firstly, virtual classes are simply impractical. You can’t replicate a classroom setting with a screen, and students just end up tired from pretending to pay attention in class while simultaneously playing wordle. Secondly, an unexpected time off from school clears the immense academic pressure that we have been expected to endure. For a day, we can place the burden of tests and stress off of our shoulders and just be children prancing through the snow. If AB decided to replace snow days with Zoom days, instead of sledding and skiing, holiday lights, and snowball fights, you would be getting prolonged screen time, often without healthy amounts of screen breaks, and teachers would feel like they are talking to a brick wall because literally no one turns their cameras on!
Aside from preventing an extra day in the summer, I don’t see how online learning has been beneficial to our education. Either rework the entire system of learning which is already impractical and boring, or let us keep our deserved snow days, I mean we deserve something for putting up with school for 180 days a year! Final thoughts? Go out and play in the snow WHILE YOU STILL CAN 0_0