Letter: Pointlessly putting parents in a bind

At 6:09 Monday morning, I received the text message: “Today March 7th 2016 is a snow day, all Aspen school district schools are closed.” I peeked out the window, and indeed it had snowed — at least an inch. Maybe 2. It was no longer snowing. Within an hour or so, the sun was out and it was another beautiful Aspen day. I checked the forecast, thinking the Aspen School District must have had some reason to call a “snow day.” There was no snowstorm in the forecast, either. The temperature was already in the high 30s, so all the streets were completely clear, and no driveways required snow removal.

What is going on? Did some school administrators want to have a longer weekend? I’m sure this impromptu vacation was very inconvenient (and costly) for hundreds of working parents who had to scramble to find child care.

I let my 10-year-old sleep in. When she got up, she asked, “Daddy, why aren’t I at school?” I told her it was a snow day. She looked out the window and said, “You’re kidding.” The kids know what’s going on. Actions speak louder than words. These bogus snow days, which are usually tagged onto a weekend, teach our students that it is OK to call in sick, or make up a “snow day,” if you don’t feel like going to work.

Our schools should be teaching integrity by walking the walk — even if it requires walking through an inch or 2 of snow now and then. If our school administrators don’t have the integrity to do that, then the least they could do is tell us on Friday when they are going to have a “snow day” on Monday so parents can plan accordingly.

Michael Malcolm