Schools Closed Tomorrow — Seriously?
Maybe this is more of a venting post but why in the world are the schools closed tomorrow? Simply because it’s an election day? Because some schools get used as polling places? I still don’t get it. The middle school I attended was used as a polling location, more specifically the cafeteria. Rather than canceling school, we were encouraged to bring lunch from home and eat in our classrooms that day. The cafeteria was still available to purchase lunch, but instead of going there, they’d deliver boxed lunches, to be eaten in the classroom. That doesn’t work anymore?
Now I’m not one of those parents who sees the school system as free child care and gets irate every time the school closes for any reason. I’m fortunate and those situations don’t affect me the same way as they do for others. But this just seems like a terrible reason to close the schools.
My current town’s school system started the year the Wednesday before Labor Day, and I was thrilled. I think this is a very smart move. Some in my town disagree and think school should never start before Labor Day. The way I see it, this is the time of the year when everyone is interested and engaged, not in mid to late June when everyone’s tired, and the days are warming up. I’d rather they start in late-August and get out in early June than push it back. We’ll get more quality educational days that way. Taking a day off for the elections just pushes the final day closer to the summer. It just feels like it can’t be that easy for the teachers and the students to really get any good momentum going into the start of the year when these sorts of things happen, taking a day off so soon. And for what? The polls are open until 8 pm, so all the school staff will be able to vote. I just don’t get it. We should be making every possible effort to keep the kids in school not looking for an excuse to take a day off. We should be prioritizing education over convenience of polling centers.