by Aiden Brown ('17)
With the cold winter weather finally setting in, students are always wondering when we will have a snow day. Many schools in America let students enjoy their day off. However, at Bullis, students are forced to work on snow days because of a new policy created last year.
While the idea of an online snow day is a good idea on paper, it can be an inconvenience for teachers and provides students with way more work than they would complete on a regular snow day. What happened to snow days being enjoyable? After an online snowday occurs, teachers have way more things to grade and don't really get around to teaching anything new anyways.
How the students and teachers feel should heavily influence the administration’s decision. One teacher from an AP course who chose to be anonymous said, “Online snow days can be irritating because it is basically just assigning busywork.”
A survey of 25 Bullis Upper School students was held and a whopping 25/25 agreed that the online snow day was annoying but 16 out of those 25 students were willing to struggle through them if it means a full summer break. Even though they were willing to go with it they'd rather not. All of them agreed that if there was an option to get rid of online snow days, they would as long as their summer was in tact.
One semi supporter of the online snow days is none other than Andres Lopez (17). He described his feelings about online snow days as a,”love hate relationship…I don't like the work but at least it’s better than taking days out of my summer.” Another student, Damani Neal (17), said, “It’s better than sitting in class, but if I don't understand the work, the communication methods are not very reliable…. also it takes [forever] to complete all of that work.”
All in all, some students oppose the snow days and others, like myself, agree, in the end it is not up to us. We think snow days should be kept alone without losing out on our summers. However, we can’t always get what we want. But then again, what we want isn't always realistic. Even though the students and some teachers dislike it, it is really not up to them to change it. So we as students and teachers need to tough it out because in the end we all value our summers!