Noah Ohayon, Staff Writer

Every child should be able to have the memory of snow days for the rest of their lives. Waking up in the morning to the tap of your mom, telling you school is canceled. Looking outside to see the fluffy white snow falling from the sky. Texting your friends to hang out because you’re so eager to dive into the white pillows of snow. 

The pandemic has opened up many new ways of learning for students. One of those ways is through Zoom. Recently, there have been talks about abolishing snow days as a whole. Parents, teachers, and Montgomery County board members have been the ones leading these discussions, but what about the students’ perspectives?

“During snow days, students and staff can enjoy their day off and the outdoors instead of staring at a screen all day,”  Senior Jileen De Guzman said.

According to a study done by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Teenagers spend up to 9 hours a day looking at screens. Snow days can give students a day to recharge and refresh. Brain breaks are needed and snow days provide a perfect opportunity for that.

“I enjoy having a break from school to just enjoy the winter weather and take the day off,” Senior Adele Sherlock said.

Students have been very Transparent about zoom. A lot of students found it hard to find the motivation to join their classes and there were too many distractions. 

“I stare at a computer all day for instruction and classwork, then at 2:30, I have to do more homework that is also online,” De Guzman said.

Harsh weather can also impact students’ ability to join online classes. Power outages are a big issue with cold weather and heavy snow and these elements are out of student control. Students may also have to help their families around the house and outside by clearing pathways from the snow.

“It makes it difficult if power lines are ruined because of the snow and weather outside making many students unable to attend classes efficiently,” De Guzman said.

Learning at home would really provide no benefit to students as distractions are so easily brought up. Whether your phone, T.V., family, or other things I can speak for all students when saying this it is extremely hard to stay focused while learning online. After speaking with my peers some said they can’t remember a single thing from school last year (junior Dylan Ibrahimi).

Snow days are times for enjoyment and memories and not for being trapped in a room staring at a computer for 8 hours.

“I’ve had so much fun relaxing and hanging out with my friends on snow days” Ibrami said, “It’s nice to be able to create these memories for a lifetime.”