Students Struggle with Absence of Snow Days

On Friday January 5, 2018, the student body awoke to below zero temperatures. The night before, an email had been sent out informing students that school would still be held the next day, despite the weather. Another email then arrived: no Morning Meeting, and shuttles would be available to minimize treks between buildings. Anyone who checked the news would also see headlines about the “Bomb Cyclone” that was pummeling the East Coast–likely having effect on Ohio weather. Students also might have noticed that many other schools in the area were closed because of the temperatures.

Despite the weather, however, the students of Western Reserve Academy got up that morning, wrapped up in layers and layers of hoodies and sweatpants, and trekked through the negative 20 degree wind chill to their classes. “I felt like literal death,” commented Nupur Malhotra ’19. Some of the students managed to catch a shuttle between classes, but each shuttle held only seven students, and there were only six shuttles running. Because of this, many students were unable to make use of this transportation. Many students expressed frustration, including Andrew Huang ’20 who remarked that he “never got onto a single shuttle.” Miranda Namiotka ’20 echoed the sentiment, saying, “the shuttles were an attempt at protecting the students’ safety, but I never made it onto a shuttle once.”

Opinions were mixed as to whether a cancellation was warranted. “I thought that it made perfect sense to have school those days. It wasn’t even all that cold. I’ve got warm boots,” asserted Mr O’Sullivan. However, many students disagreed: “Considering the decisions they’ve made in previous years, they should’ve cancelled school,” maintained Meimei Tannehill ’19. Other students commented on the subzero temperatures: “I thought that it was ridiculous considering that they had to send a report on how to not get frostbite and hypothermia. If they had to send a report like that, why force us outside in the first place?” said Sophie Linkous ’20. Namiotka agreed, saying, “All of the weather associations were sending out alerts for extreme wind chill, yet we still had school.”

Whatever your opinion on the issue, one thing is clear: it was very, very cold in January.

– Ilyana Smith ’20

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