Editorial by Allie Reardon
From the beginning of the universe, since we have been able to think there has been the idea of equal exchange and balance. Yin and Yang, black and white, fire and water, the sun and moon. For every reaction, there is an equal or opposite reaction. For every birth, there must be a death. We see this perfectly represented in the current day and age, for students this pandemic has brought to light the Birth of the online school day and the death of the snow day.
Snow outside, covering the ground, and even better covering the roads, was an anticipated sight for every school kid for when they woke up, or at least it was before this year. With the pandemic, schools were forced to adapt and change to reach the kids they needed to, and with that change came virtual schooling. Whether that’s the class-wide zooms for the kids who would’ve been in person or the online program for the My Meade Online students. School continued without a care for the snow on the ground.
While snow days not even a year ago were a sought-after relief from the grind of the day-to-day routine of school, this year it’s as if nothing changes. Multiple students from my grade have remarked on how they feel as though part of their childhood has been taken away with the new system, others are glad to be rid of the busywork of NTI and just have regular lectures and work. But regardless of what side you're on, NTI at least allowed students to have a shake-up in their routine. But with the constant in and out of in-person and virtual school, the two weeks of snow days were simply a routine we’ve done multiple times this school year. Snow days were a time to relax and enjoy the rare change in the weather, a time to sleep in late and stay under the covers, to get your NTI done past noon, and spend the day doing what you want. But with everything that has happened those days have fallen away. Replaced by early morning zooms and working on assignments in between classes.
While I mourn the loss of these precious days, I realize what their absence means for us as a district. With the way we’ve had to approach this school year, we are far behind where we normally would be in instruction. Sacrificing our snow days means we can get more relevant content in on time for tests in the spring. On top of the content, there comes the matter of school ending, for us to end at a time that isn't egregiously late due to our late start certain things had to be done. One of which was the death of snow days and NTI. So, while we may not have as much time to go sledding or sleep in anymore at least we’re getting a summer break.