Snow Day Overload

By Jasmine Bar

This winter has been full of heavy snowfalls and icy roads, causing Briarcliff High School to instate seven snow days so far (two in December, one in January, and four in February).

“Snow days are great because they allow me to go outside and get some fresh air,” says sophomore Mary Donoghue. “They are nice breaks from studying and schoolwork.” Many other high school students share Mary’s point of view

The product of a BHS  snow day

However, while these generous breaks from school may seem like perfect days to sleep in and play in the snow, some express their concerns for how the lack of school days may affect us in the future. The New York State Law requires a minimum of 180 school days. The school has built in a certain number of snow days into its schedule (usually two days), but after those are used up, they are forced to make decisions that cut into our vacations. In the past, the school has made Parent-Teacher Conferences day/ Election Day a school day, although it is typically a day off for students. The school has also taken days away from Spring Break (which is typically one week in length). This year students will be expected to attend school the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading “Snow Day Overload”