I hate snow days! While it is nice to wake up and not have to go to work on snow days, I don't like the fact that we need to make the days missed up in June. Kids are much better behaved on a snowy day in January than they are on a hot sunny day in June. Plus, (no sympathy from the non-teachers here) it cuts into my summer vacation. Those days are precious.
All this said, we did not have a snow day today, but today I realized the importance of having them. There was not a teacher or student in the building (besides the kids who walk) who didn't have a story about seeing an accident, a near accident, or how terrible the roads were. It took everyone about three times as long to get to school as it does on a typical day. One teacher talked about a backup a mile and a half waiting at a stop light. It was terrible! I had a point where I didn't think I was going to make it up a hill that is on my way to school. The roads are not safe. I am just glad that the people driving around me were doing so at a safe speed and without aggression. With all the accidents and near misses out there, I'm happy that I made it to school today without incident.
Now that we are here and safe, all that I am hoping is that the plows get out and do their jobs to make the roads safe. They've got seven hours.