By Angel Rivera
When the weather gets cold and the snow comes down, we all have a faint hope in our hearts that there's a possibility of getting a break. Although there's many consequences to closing down a facility due to the weather, it allows many people to involuntarily miss out on a day of work or school. The effects of this happening are more than you would think though. With the loss of money and a day of education taken away, to some people snow days aren't practical enough to take that kind of action.
In order to think rationally one would have to remember that most schools close down only when extremely necessary. There are in fact certain requirements for a school to be closed down due to inclement weather. The actual temperature has to be at about -20° yet it can be higher with a wind chill with at least that much. The amount of snowfall required to cancel school is 12 inches, although it may not seem like much.
One has to think of it from multiple perspectives. There are some teachers who may have trouble getting all of the snow out of the way in order to get to school successfully. Then there are the students who “live too close” to the school, and must walk to get their education. If students were sent out to walk in -20° weather there is a possibility of frostbite occurring and therefore their school closing down helps prevent that. Whenever you feel like a school closing is unnecessary, remember that it is in fact required at a certain point, and also very helpful to some.