Monday, March 2, 2009

Possible snow day?

As I write, there is a big storm rolling into DC, and it's very possible that there might be a snow day tomorrow. It's not very likely, unless this storm is particularly bad (I've blogged before about why Michelle Rhee doesn't like to call snow days, and I still think she's got a pretty good reason). Of course, despite the fact that I like my job and love my kids, I'm definitely hoping for a snow day. Who doesn't like a day off?

In thinking about the possibility of having a snow day tomorrow (I keep telling myself that if I think about it too much I'll jinx it... which is a special kind of ego, I guess), I've made the following lists. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Things I Tell Myself I'll Do on the Snow Day:
Lesson plan
Finish grading tests
Research field trips

Things I'll Actually Do on the Snow Day:
Watch like 15 episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit


Simply Me... said...

I am a DC Teacher as well and am on the same wishful thinking status as you!! Hope it works in our favor.

Glenn Watson said...

You just have to make up the snow days at the end of the year anyway right?

I remember one year they brought us and the students in on a Saturday and another year they brought us in a day after final exams.

lodesterre said...

We are given a certain number of snow days. After these are used up then we have to make them up in the summer. We wouldn't have to make up one school day.

Anonymous said...

I'm a veteran DCPS teacher. That means I've been in the system for a while under various superintendents, which is what they were called before Rhee. Rarely did they close schools. So before y'all go blaming Rhee for the ridiculous decision to keep DCPS open, the only system open, making us the stupid laughing stock of the area, as if our graduation rates and test scores didn't do that already, we never close. I'm anonymous, even though this is mostly a pro-Rhee crowd, I don't want anyone to think I'm defending her. It's still snowing, BTW.

Anonymous said...

I've lived in this area as a parent of school age children for 13 years and you are wrong about rarely closing. My kids go to one of the private schools in the area that used to tie their snow days to DCPS. Unless it didn't snow in that particular year I can remember anywhere from 2 to three days a year where DCPS had snow days and countless 2 hour delays.

Anonymous said...

I am not wrong about DCPS rarely closing. Though perhaps my adverb of frequency could have been infrequently or ocassionally. Also, a 2 hour delay, though an inconvenience to working parents, is still an open school.

ms. mindless said...

i've got two kids in my class today. more than half of the teachers in my school called out, so i have two other classes, for a grand total of 13 students. this is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I have been a teacher for 6 years and I remember Paul Vance would close the schools at the drop of a hat. Janney was ok, not too cautious, not too adamant about not closing. Rhee is just ridiculous, we get your point lady, but today is a waste of a day.

Anonymous said...

You want to know why I called in sick and wasted a good day of leave? Because I knew a bunch of my coworkers would call in sick. Some of them live far and others are not that motivated. So I guess I'm not that motivated either, especially for what I knew would happen today. I would get to cover other teachers' classes. Of course there would be no subs, that isn't even on the agenda. The classes I'd have to cover would have no lesson plans left, no materials to use, nothing for the kids to do except me running to make some worksheet copies, if there's any paper and the copier is working. And doing lunch duty when it's not my day because so many teachers are out. And having to raise my voice and make myself sick. Some of you have no idea what it's like in DCPS.