Sure glad snow days not up to me

The Spring Semester at the college was supposed to start yesterday, but it didn’t. We got snowed out.
I got the message right after I put the coffee on at 5 a.m. I always get up at 5 when I have an 8 a.m. class. I could probably sleep later but I like to take my time in the morning. Do a few push-ups, eat breakfast, watch the news, read the paper, shave, shower.
It wasn’t snowing at that hour and there wasn’t a single flake on the ground. The weather guy on TV said that was to be expected. The morning would start with flurries, turn to snow showers and by afternoon a steady, continuous snow would fall. Turned out he was 100 percent correct.
The first message from the college actually was for a compressed schedule. That means the college opens at 10 and the length of classes is adjusted accordingly. I started to think it was a bad call. What we should have done was to report at the regular time and then been dismissed early. But I stopped myself. I stopped myself because the last thing I want to do is second-guess any college president or high school superintendent who has to make the difficult decision of whether to call for a snow day. It has to be the toughest part of the job.
The way things turned out Tuesday, the entire day at the college was cancelled. If students had reported and then been sent home most of them would have been driving during steady snow. And most of them have been driving only a year or two. The college president made the right decision.
When in doubt, such decisions should always be on the side of caution. Student safety far outweighs the pain-in-the-neck of a cancelled class.
This brings me to something I’ve talked about for years. It applies more to elementary, junior and high schools than to college, but why in these parts do we continue to send kids off to school in the dead of winter?
When kids were needed to work on family farms it made sense to have summers off. But in 2018?
I’m not sure if it’s a good idea but I’d love to see a panel explore the merits of closing schools from Christmas to March 1 or even later, and reducing summer break to 3 or 4 weeks.
There’s much to consider but it seems worth considering.

Ed Ackerman