A School Superintendent Sent Out A Snow Day Announcement That’s Making Everyone Emotional

By Julia Reinstein for buzzfeednews.com

With remote learning well established in school districts across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, it may seem like the end of snow days as we once knew and loved them.

Instead of sleeping in and having snowball fights, many students on the East Coast — which was hit by a snowstorm Wednesday — will be logging in for Zoom school. “I know we all grew up with the excitement of snow days, but this year is different,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Tomorrow will be a FULL REMOTE learning day for our students.”

But one superintendent in West Virginia decided to give students the day off anyway on Wednesday, saying there are good reasons to call a snow day besides the roads being too icy.

In a letter to the school community on Tuesday, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson said she was canceling classes so that students and faculty could take a much-needed break during a very hard year.

“For generations, families have greeted the first snow day of the year with joy,” Gibson’s letter states. “It is a time of renewed wonder at all the beautiful things that each season holds. A reminder of how fleeting a childhood can be. An opportunity to make some memories with your family that you hold on to for life.”

“For all of these reasons and many more, Jefferson County Schools will be completely closed for tomorrow, Dec. 16, in honor of the 1st snow day of the year,” the letter continues. “Closed for students … closed for virtual … closed for staff.”

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