Monday, February 1, 2010

Snow Day Means Saturday School

We had our once a year winter storm here in North Carolina this weekend. While many school children hope for an early release or an entire day off because of snow, I was thankful to see the snow come in overnight on Friday. That gave us Saturday and Sunday - a "snowful" weekend - to enjoy the white stuff.

But today is Monday. The white stuff was followed by some of the shiny stuff - ice - and has left many of the secondary roads and especially neighborhood roads still slick. So school was canceled today.

For traditional schools, the inclement weather make-up days are built-in to the calendar. Snow days are most often traded with workdays or days at spring break. The unfortunate news for year-round schools is that snow days are traded for Saturdays. That means Saturday school for tracks 1, 2, and 4 sometime before the end of the school year.

Now the question is will it be this coming Saturday, or will it have to be the next time tracks 1, 2 and 4 are all in together. It can't be Saturday a week from now because track 2 will have tracked out the middle of next week. It's these minor complications that can make year-round less appealing. But then again we are lucky to get snow once a year around here, so I guess I can deal with it for all the benefits and things that I like about year-round school.

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