There are few phrases students love more than “school cancelled due to inclement weather.”

story by Abby Beauregard, Trey Martin, and Haley Dixon

 

There are few phrases students love more than “school cancelled due to inclement weather.”

Whether it be due to catastrophic flooding, ice on roads, or those beloved snow days, students (and teachers) do not discriminate when it comes to getting an unexpected day off.

Sadly, missing school does not come without repercussions. In fact, missed school days have to be made up unless forgiven by the state legislature.

Which begs the question… why?

Students miss valuable instruction time when they’re out playing in the snow or (more realistically) only going outside long enough to take a couple pictures to post on Tumblr because snow is like so #aesthetic.

In addition, there are a set number of days students must be in school to receive federal funding.

The short answer? They’re trying to torture us.

The real question comes in after we’ve returned to school. Students have worked hard to make up for lost time, so why are school officials so set on tacking on extra days at the end of the school year?

Do they really think students are going to come or continue to learn?

Students tend to check out after Spring Break and sitting in a classroom in June post exams is doing nobody any good. The damage has already been done.

Time students lose early on in the school year can’t be made up at the end because what good does class on June 4th do for a student who needed that time in January to help pass their AP exams?

Even regular exams, which school officials do have control over, don’t get pushed back. While school officials delay time deciding whether or not the days should be made up, students and teachers are forced to rush through curriculum to meet these “set in stone” exam dates.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting students to be in school for the correct amount of time. Students should be encouraged to get all the learning time they can.

However, when students are sitting in classrooms, bored out of their minds on a day they shouldn’t even have been there, it just causes frustration for themselves and for teachers that are forced to sit there and babysit.

Instead, students could be working at their summer jobs or participating in academic interests outside of school (or complaining about how hot it is on Twitter, but let’s pretend they’re being productive).

There are ways to utilize those makeup days in better ways. Push back exams, have a second field day, or focus on topics that were glossed over in class in the rush to get through the entire curriculum.

However, if they’re going to continue to push for useless days to meet state standards, sometimes it’s best just to accept defeat.

Stop trying to make going to school well into June happen… it’s never going to happen.