By Eliana Park
The excitement of having a snow day is a nostalgic feeling. Memories of childhood days spent playing in a cold and white winter wonderland are held close by many students. What will happen when this is taken away?
In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has already stated that public schools are expected to host remote learning classes on days of heavy snowfall. This will help to fill in the days of required learning and even secure all the days of recess in April.
Despite the positives, this new decision also results in a loss of childhood memories and even the occasional mental break.
“I like the surprise breaks. I hope they don’t get taken away from us,” freshman Maximus Josue said.
Artwork by Saffah Azeem
Many students utilize snow days to spend time with family and play in the snow.
This hope is one many students hold. Due dates pushed back, tests avoided and homework skipped are all welcomed surprises, and ones that students look forward to during the cold months. Even with the promise of additional days off in the spring, a vast number of students would rather simply have snow days.
“I honestly enjoy snow days more. I wouldn’t give them up,” freshman Jaimy Matthew said.
Remote learning provides its own set of problems. Sitting still for hours on end and attempting to pay attention, in spite of the endless distractions presented, are both challenges that students must tackle, short and long term.
“I hate being in a remote environment. It makes it so hard to concentrate and be on top of my work, no matter how hard I try,” junior Anneliese Park said.
Whether snow days will eventually be taken away entirely or not remains to be seen, leaving students everywhere wondering what the eventual outcome will be, if there is one.