If you are a teacher you can definitely relate to one or all of these things that lead up to a possible “snow day”.
So here goes (from a teacher’s perspective):
1. Staying “calm”
By “calm”, I really mean not trying to get your hopes up in case the weather decides to pull an early April fool’s joke on you in January.
Though it is nearly impossible to keep calm because there’s always that one person who checks the forecast 2 weeks in advance and announces to everyone that snow is coming.
(If you can't think of one…it's probably you.)
His name alone sends every educator “swooning” during the winter season on the East Coast. He is a dedicated meteorologist who has “faith-in-the-flakes” and caters his forecast to students, parents, and especially to teachers.
If you have never heard of him be sure to check out the link above and follow him on Facebook! He sends his predictions days, hours, and even minutes before a storm. You just have to look past the weather jargon and find the nitty gritty of what you need to keep your snow hopes up. (Like snow totals and exact snow time arrival. Preferably during the school day.)
3. Snow Talk Buzz
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As you are walking down the hallway you have to stop and talk to every school staff member about the snow. Asking them:
“Have you heard?”
“What do you think?”
“YEAH! Justin Berk said so!”
“I HOPE so too!”
“WE NEED A SNOW DAY!”
Somehow, doing this confirms a snow day will happen (in your mind at least.) If that’s not enough you even start involving your students into the snow talk buzz.
4. Snow Day Preparation
The day before the winter storm, you always seem to pack “extra” schoolwork to take home, just in case. Though in reality you NEVER EVER touch anything that you bring home.
But hey it’s the thought that counts right? (And yes, there is actual work in there…)
Of course, no matter how "prepared" you are grocery-wise, you have to go the night before just to get some last minute supplies. (Obviously, you won't have a dire need for milk, bread, or toilet paper.)
5. Can’t Work/Sleep Overexcitement
During the work day, you can't concentrate on doing your job. You want to focus all of your lessons about how you can improve the chances of snow coming. (Like telling your students to wear their pajamas inside out before they go to bed.)
The night before a “snow day” is always the worst. You stay up and hope that school will be “canceled” ahead of time so that you can continue watching the next episode on Netflix. You also wish they would just cancel so that you knew you could sleep in the next day.
By 12:30 AM you are so mad that they haven’t cancelled yet and wonder why must you be tortured!
6. Panic? Uncertainty?!
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This is the worst part. Your emotions ride on the craziest roller coaster.
Maybe it won't happen in time to close school?
Maybe there won't be any snow at all?
Maybe you ACTUALLY have to teach?!
7. Snow Day Euphoria
Then it it finally happens…
when they cancel school…
You’re in disbelief, despite all of the hoping, praying, talking, and weather stalking you have done in the past couple days.
You check every news station, website, Facebook groups, and even text or email a bunch of coworkers to make sure that your eyes aren’t deceiving you.
When you finally realize that the snow day call is for real, your plan to go back to sleep goes out the window instantly because you are just too awake from the excitement of schools being closed. (This is probably my favorite part.)
And this is when you can enjoy some time off.You deserve it teacher friends!
Staying warm and lazy,