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Repeat shouting across Boston: School canceled again

Here at the French Toast Alert bunker, we were alerted to the closing of BPS schools tomorrow about two minutes ago, when the kidlet stamped her feet and shouted "No school tomorrow!"

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and chuckled a bit while i wondered how many teachers/staff were going to get to enjoy a 4 day weekend- with the monday after the superbowl off no less.

good for them if so

Edit: Just caught the part about how you were alerted. I remember a couple of times growing up I'd proudly (nearly brag) about how school was cancelled and my parents didn't actually believe me because it was cancelled so far in advance/they thought the forecast didnt warrant it/more likely I was so smug about it they thought i was BSing

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Speaking from experience here...

Many teachers have carefully planned lessons/schedules and already have a whole lot to do in not much time. A snow day throws a wrench into the works and the difficulty of playing catch-up can outweigh any possible enjoyment of not going into work.

At a college level I always think it's funny when kids get excited about missing class. Here they are paying hundreds of dollars per hour of classroom time and they won't be getting a refund for time lost. Hey kids: If you hate school so much don't pay for it. You can stay home everyday for free.

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When I was at BU, it only called a few snow days despite the fact that I was there for four pretty bad winters. There were entire swaths of the campus that didn't belong to the university and therefore, did not get shoveled by the nothing-short-of-magical Buildings and Grounds crew.

Crossing Comm Ave over the Pike by the BU Bridge on a day the state did not deign to shovel that stretch of sidewalk after a foot of snow was NOT pleasant. I remember at one point, going from Warren Towers to class in the Fuller Building and having to walk over that bit of sidewalk, single file, while clinging to the overpass fence, in the a tamped-down path exactly the width of a snowboot. And when I encountered someone coming the other way? Now THAT was fun.

And of course, when you get to class, there's no guarantee the professor was able to haul it in from wherever he or she lived, depending on snowfall totals north, south, and west of the city: back in the dark ages before smartphones and ubiquitous wi-fi, there was always the chance you'd make the trudge to class only to find a note on the door from some administrator that your class was canceled for the day, and you'd have to turn around and go right back home. Or you'd sit there for half an hour in a half-empty classroom, wondering where your professor was and why a good chunk of your classmates were missing.

And finally, college kids are always tired and overworked, and a surprise vacation day to rest, catch up, and play in the snow is always fun. Though the more irresponsible ones tended to play Snow Day Roulette: they'd go out drinking the night before, hoping the snow day would be called in the morning.

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On the college part, my experience as a student at a smallish lib-arts school was that my professors tried to reschedule a make-up class. It didn't always work out for everyone to attend, but I appreciated their effort.

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It sucked for my son last year because they had to shut down so many days. Tomorrow, he hopes for a break because getting there and back when the T fails is no picnic - he snowshoed to Davis one day last year! He made his way in on Friday, but I had to go get him because the T failed.

Not much different than for other commuters, really. All the same, safety can be an issue.

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For students living off campus, the excitement is less "woohoo no class" and more "yay, I don't have to attempt to trudge the three miles to campus on unplowed sidewalks with no T service".

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Whole heartedly disagree with your sentiment. Maybe I will remind them of the havok this plays with lesson plans.

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Basically that would have been my dream when I was a kid. Okay, it's still my dream now.

Then next weekend is the start of February vacation. Then, it's practically March. Heck, at that rate, it's only about six weeks to April vacation. Wow, the year's almost over.

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They don't have to make up snow days!

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The T bus I take is filled with kids going to Forest Hills, it's a trade off with the snow, but at least I don't have to hear the kids talking about watching Netflix on the toliet!

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