By ZyeAnne Thompson-James
Do you find it harder to roll out of bed in winter when the temperature drops and the mornings are darker? If so, you're not alone. Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter. According to sciencing.com, if your core temperature drops to below 35 degrees Celsius, you are in mild hypothermia, which can produce sleepiness.
Many students won’t bother to come to school during the winter. Because the sun's track across the sky is much shorter and lower in the winter than in the summer, the usual time we wake up for school (around 5-7am) means it’s still dark outside! The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you sleepy.
Upon many interviews with East students, I found out that many of our parents are more lenient when it comes to staying at home during the winter. Scholar Juan Rivera said, “My mom usually lets me stay home if there’s too much snow even when school is open.” According to attendanceworks.org absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. There’s no time to be irresponsible, so we need to make sure we bundle up and motivate our scholars to come to school no matter the weather.