With many schools across the U.S. operating virtually, students worried that they wouldn’t get to enjoy “snow days” this year. But not students in Jefferson County Schools in West Virginia.
Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson sent a letter home to parents Tuesday night telling kids and parents that they would indeed take the day off from virtual learning to enjoy long-held traditions of snow fun like going sledding or building a snowman.
The letter read: “For generations, families have greeted the first snow day of the year with joy,” she writes. “It is a time of renewed wonder at all the beautiful things each season holds. A reminder of how fleeting a childhood can be. An opportunity to make some memories with your family that you hold onto for life.”
“It has been a year of seemingly endless loss and the stress of trying to make up for that loss,” the letter continues. “For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year.”
“So please, enjoy a day of sledding and hot chocolate and cozy fires. Take pictures of your kids in snow hats they’ll outgrow by next year and read books you’ve wanted to lose yourself in but haven’t had the time,” Gibson concludes. “We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday, but for tomorrow…go build a snowman.”