Yesterday’s forecast of a heavy snowstorm undoubtedly left most Boulder Valley School District students excited about the possibility of a snow day. They might have been thinking of playing in the snow, sleeping, watching movies, and engaging in other relaxing activities.
However, I doubt any thought the day would have started like it did with one or more phone calls to parents from the district at 4:30 a.m.!
In previous years, snow days were announced over media outlets in the evening if the storm had already hit hard or early in the morning. All parents and students needed to do once they woke up were to watch TV or to listen to the radio. This year, the district might have posted a notice on its website, but I saw no evidence of a school closure on TV or radio until after 7 a.m.
One mother posted to her friends on facebook: “I sure needed a snow day today! But to interrupt my sleep at 4:30 a.m., now that is cruel! The district needs to get their act together.”
Another mother posted, “A 4:30 a.m. automated call from the school district really does suck the joy out of a snow day. Finally fell back to sleep and the principal of the middle school added insult to injury by sending out ANOTHER phone message. We get it! There’s no school!!!”
The criticisms stacked up as snow continued to fall. A third mother said she got “not only a call on the home phone, but two automated calls to my cell phone as well!….they really couldn’t have made that decision at 10:00 last night when every other school district had already decided to close??? I wouldn’t have minded that call any time before midnight.” Despite the sleep interruption, she added a positive spin: “At least I can take a nap today….in between the movies, that is! Looking forward to a[n] easy, lazy day…”
It’s great this mother could take a nap, but it was so unnecessary for the BVSD to interrupt anyone’s sleep with the news of a snow day, particularly not at 4:30 a.m.!