Letter from the student body president

Dear Fords,

courtesy of Cyril Leahy ’21

To me, the definition of a “snow day” is simple: a day in which snow impedes the proper comings and goings of school. After spending the last few weeks surrounded by frozen reminders of a troubling reality, I decided to focus this month’s letter on the sanctity of a true snow day.

While adults may look upon a snow day with disdain, my snow days were always the fondest memories of my childhood. The excitement of an unexpected late wake, a launch out of bed, and a marvel at the snow falling to the ground.

After a few moments, though, snow day rituals endure: a cup of hot chocolate is almost obligatory, sibling snowball fights capture the day, and some sledding is always an added bonus. While I cannot speak for teachers, my advisor has informed me that he enjoys these moments all the same.

These actions, unencumbered by the passage of a week day, are ordinary in a climate familiar with snow.

Yet, a simple time and place change our mindset from focusing on the shivering shoveling and the layers needed for any travel to the pleasure of the day; as Ms. Heed has taught me to say this quarter, “situations matter.”

The center of campus after a recent snowfall – Gabe Gowen and Grayson Walker ’21

The situation that is the novel SARS-COV-2 pandemic also matters. While students and teachers alike are affected by the discomfort of this virus, a common ground most can stand on is the upholding of tradition.

True, this year is “unprecedented”(a word I hope never to hear again); for each student, though, it is a school year and the objectives of said year are the same: completing quarters and looking forward to breaks. COVID does not negate the delirium of this process—some might say it even enhances the mundane nature of a day. 

The recent umbrage taken against the school a few weeks ago was troublesome. How can a situation that induces stress be the reasoning behind disavowing sacred tradition?

For a year so troublesome, rescinding a snow day seems a bit out of touch.

I certainly do not have the answer. Yet, those who do hold the answers cite virtual learning as an acceptable substitute for our right. For a year so troublesome, rescinding a snow day seems a bit out of touch.

My friends, past decisions do not define the man; if that were the case, Carson Wentz might still be thought of as good, Patrick Mahomes would still be the “young GOAT,” and Big Ben would be a top three quarterback in the AFC North.

Alas, none of these things are true. The future defines moments; hopefully this Thursday may mark a step towards respecting the hallowed time of “snow days.”