Are you rooting for a snow day from school?

Our favorite fill-in host Keith reports the snow is coming down, covering and sticking to the ground up in Alpharetta. But so far we’ve only got a few flakes floating around in the sky here in Gwinnett.

The big question among moms I’ve talked with last night and today is: Do you want the kids to have a snow day tomorrow?

Several teacher friends on Facebook are all for a snow day tomorrow, but I feel like the kids just got back from a long break. They need to get back in a routine and get some things accomplished.

And we already have to make up two days from the flood in fall. Gwinnett loses two three-day weekends (Feb. 12 and March 15) to make up those flood days.

Obviously if it’s not safe they shouldn’t go, but honestly, I’m not really rooting for a snow day tomorrow.

How do you feel: Ready for a good snow day from school and work (do you get off work?)? Too close to such a long winter break? Would you rather have some days off in the Spring?

55 comments Add your comment

Becky

January 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..I would love for it to snow about 2-3 feet high..

Julia

January 7th, 2010
2:54 pm

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January 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

If they close school tomorrow, my wife will get a day off, I will be able to sleep an hour and half late, and my son will have a fabulous day. So, yeah I am hoping for snow.

They will probably close Dekalb, Gwinnett, and Fulton tomorrow, but I don’t think it will be bad at all so I will probably work.

Michelle

January 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

NOOO…then I would have to take personal time and stay home or pay a babysitter extra! Send em to school! :o) I’m so sick of snow!

Becky

January 7th, 2010
3:13 pm

Hey Michelle, where are you at that you are already sick of snow?

Denise

January 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Yeah folks, let’s pull for snow. More traffic accidents, more people stranded, more folks dying because their power went out and they can’t stay warm, increased costs for the schools, shivering and dying animals left outside.

Yeah – as long as you think the white snow is pretty, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

oneofeach4me

January 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Being that I am a GA native and my kids were born here, they don’t see that much snow. Heck, sometimes they don’t even see it every year. And last year, the snow flurries happened on a Saturday!! I remember when I was kid how exciting it was to have a snow day off from school. I too went to a Cobb County school and they were ALWAYS the LAST to make that school closed decision. So I say, sure… let the kids experience the snow. They won’t be able to fully experience it at school. Heck, they are out on the 18th anyway… what’s another day gonna hurt??

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 7th, 2010
3:27 pm

one of each — I have to differ with you — Gwinnett was always the last!!! they used to decide about snow days a different way — they would send designated teachers and administrators out early in the morning to check out their area of gwinnett. I used to babysit for a teacher that has the assignment. We’d ask him the day before do you think we’re going to be out tomorrow?? Without missing a beat, he was like OH yeah. I’m not even sure he’d get out of bed to call in his report — o h yea, way too icy!! I loved that this guy was on the committee.

Gwinnett is especially bad now. It holds out until the very end –

oneofeach4me

January 7th, 2010
3:27 pm

umm Denise this is GA. Power outages??? I doubt it. Shivering and dying animals? Well it was colder this weekend than it is right now. And Traffic Accidents.. this is Atlanta, those happen EVERYDAY!! lol

Let go a little….live a little… go outside, open your mouth, stick out your tounge and catch some flakes. Heck.. find you a spot where the snow has stuck and make ya a snow angel!!

oneofeach4me

January 7th, 2010
3:29 pm

Theresa you may be correct… I just know that I was always looking/listening out for them to say Cobb County and I swear I wouldn’t know until I was already up, dressed, and about to go to the buss stop!! Guess I had tunnel vision! ;-)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 7th, 2010
3:39 pm

I know I’m like who cares about Forsyth — what about us! I did click on the TV to check before I got out of bed this morning — just to be sure –

Michelle

January 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

Becky, I’m from Indiana! I lived there for 35 years before coming south. I could live the rest of my life and be happy to never see snow again! I don’t like the cold at all! My son is THRILLED that the snow is starting though! It does bring some warmth to my heart to see his excitement!

Perhaps I would feel a little different about it if I actually got to have time off when it snowed! Working in the medical doesn’t allow you that luxury!

YUKI

January 7th, 2010
3:50 pm

Yes, would like a snow day. If my preschool closes then I have no choice as to take a day off…would not be too sad about that as I would have no choice anyway.
I say bring it on!
ps.I care about Forsyth!!!

FCM

January 7th, 2010
4:05 pm

I am not fond of snow. My kids know this about me. I “get” why it is important to them to have a snow day. I do not have an issue with school being cancelled for inclement weather — I recall several times in my own Cobb County student days where it got called for snow and we had lovely sunny afternoons free of snow to play in! I will work from home if the weather has school cancelled.

However, I am so looking forward to spring!!!! It could come tomorrow and I would be fine with it. Sunny comfortable climate days are the best.

T

January 7th, 2010
4:05 pm

Becky

January 7th, 2010
4:07 pm

@Michelle, ok, I can see that..I like the snow also, but would not want to deal with it all of the time..

@Denise, honey, please take a prozac, get a shot of Crown Royal and relax..In GA, we pretty much only see snow every 4-5 years and then its not enough to make that much of a diference..Besides if it keeps snowing like it is now (Cobb) it will take about 3 days to amount to anything..

@oneofeach4me, I remember the same thing about Cobb County Schools..ALWAYS the last to close..

So if it does snow enough to amount to anything, I hope everyone gets to enjoy it..

Julia

January 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

good lord…

Julia

January 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

Denise do you see the bad in everything?

MomsRule

January 7th, 2010
4:44 pm

Denise – wow, d r a m a.

Personally, I don’t care if I ever see snow again but I’ve been rooting for it since yesterday because my children absolutely love it! I will not ruin their excitement and fun just because I lived in MN for 25 years and certainly had my fill of ice, snow and cold.

The snow is sticking! The snow is sticking! I’m hoping we are making a snowman late tonight or at least having a snowball fight and some hot cocoa! good times, good times

Julia

January 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

I am from here but this cracks me up.. you would think the sky is falling and it wont be that much :)

FCM

January 7th, 2010
5:35 pm

LOL Julia — I am from here too. Your right it will be the lead story on the new and the res of the country will laugh at the South when they put us on CNN or Fox. :)

One of my co-workers said that if she gets snowed in they won’t have eggs, milk, or bread. I started laughing and said well if you didn’t buy it before today you won’t be able to find it now! Then another co-worker wanted to know why when it snows everyone in Atlanta feels the need to make French Toast!

We were allowed to leave the office early so that we could get home safely. Traffic was not bad. There is some accumulation starting on the subdivision roads near me. The creek looks cool with a sheet of ice over parts of it.

I am sorry I did not comment on choir. I really did have a horrible headache–which seems to be better now that the weather is doing something.

I am glad it was good. I think that staying connected in things (like choir) is important. I know that I did better because I was facilitating an adult group on Discipleship my first year divorced.

Justin

January 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

Let it snow. I don’t care what you say. No school might mean extra day at the end of the year, but honestly that day is just gonna be a blow-off day anyway! So give us snow! A lot because my school is strict.

HB

January 7th, 2010
6:00 pm

I remember Atlanta Winter Panic 2000 — the last year I lived there full-time. People were pushing carts out of the Toco Hills Kroger filled with 10-12 gallons of milk and 6-8 loaves of bread each. At that point in time, Atlanta was the farthest north I had lived, but I can still remember wondering what exactly people thought the predicted 1-2 inches of snow would do that would require such large quantities of bread and milk. Saddest part was, that snow never came.

Best wishes to all for a fun snow day!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 7th, 2010
6:08 pm

I am planning a sausage, gritts egg casserole for tomorrow morning — I didn’t have to buy the stuff though — I already had it in the house — also planning baked apples for dessert tonight. Nice cold weather dishes.

deidre_NC

January 7th, 2010
6:21 pm

ok..i live in the nc mountains and i am totally sick of snow…i have to go stay with a friend in hopes that i can get to work because my work frowns on missing for any reason…we hve had our share already this year so yes i am sick of it…i am now at a friends house very close to my work and i still am not sure if ill make it in on time or at all in the morning…its snowing like crazy here…

now–my family lives in atlanta and i am all for yall getting some snow..they look at my snow pictures with such yearning i cant not wish snow for yall…and some of my grandkids and nephews live there and are very excited to have a snow day..i just hope if it snows enough to close schools its enough for them to play and have lots of snow fun..yall rarely get it…enjoy the once every 10 years you do get it…i hope everyone is safe and i dont want anyone to wreck or die for gods sake..i just like to see people who love snow and never get it be able to enjoy this once in a while…

again…here..i am SICK OF IT!!!! i would send all we have forever to yall lol

Julia

January 7th, 2010
6:50 pm

Its ok FCM, this site has been possessed for me all day. It will just hang up and restart. Well it looks like Cherokee County is out tomorrow.

Julia

January 7th, 2010
6:51 pm

Now if it really is gonna snow, yes bread milk then toilet paper along with beer chips and dip!

Tara

January 7th, 2010
7:24 pm

@FCM I’ve always laughed about the milk and bread thing! Just what exactly do people think they’re going to do with milk and bread if it’s snowing? And in Georgia, where the snow is light and infrequent, you’re not going to get snowed in without food for days. At most, you’ll be stuck inside for a day, maybe two. Certainly long enough to go without bread if you run out!

The snow seems to have stopped here in Gwinnett. I’m guessing school will be open here tomorrow.

HB

January 7th, 2010
7:32 pm

Tara, my theory is that word trickled down from up North where everyone runs out to buy a loaf and a gallon of milk, if what they have is close to going bad or is almost gone, in case they can’t get to the store for a day or two. Somehow by the time word reached Atlanta of this practice, the message had morphed to (I’m thinking like in the telephone game we played as kids): “Bread and Milk are all that can save you from the Frozen White Plague!!! Must Hoard To Survive!”

FCM

January 7th, 2010
8:44 pm

HB it could be that ATL has so many transplants from up North that it was what they were used and is now just normal.

Tara — I have no idea. Maybe there is a French Toast party?

I do recall ice storms when I was younger (including late 70s or early 80s) where we were iced in for several days. Once it was a whole week! We had sled races and snowmen and everything. I think that is the year my Mom made snow-cream.

Fulton (North) has ice? snow? rain? something still coming down. I am more concerned about ice on the roads. They had us open (schools) a few years back and it was dangerous on the roads but the ones South of here were ok so they didn’t close.

Susan

January 7th, 2010
9:14 pm

All northern metro schools are closed….EXCEPT COBB. Why am I not surprised??

Alecia

January 7th, 2010
9:30 pm

Only if there is enough for the kids to have fun. No ice please, just the good stuff. Last year we had a terrific snow in Gwinnett and it was my daughter’s first. She had so much fun. This year I have a sled just in case we get lucky. For her snow is an opportunity. I grew up with tons of the stuff and don’t miss it.

judi

January 7th, 2010
10:26 pm

Only want a snow day if there is enough snow for kids to play in. Otherwise it’s a wasted day. I agree about the milk and bread – what’s the point for 1 day – too funny. My run is for milk and chocolate chip cookies – much more useful on a Georgia snow day!

Be Nice

January 7th, 2010
10:29 pm

We used to live in DC, and even up there where they get at least a couple of good snowfalls a year (enough to close schools for a day or two each time), people would be rushing to the store for…you guessed it, bread, milk and t.p.

lakerat

January 8th, 2010
7:25 am

I got to work at 6:30am this morning – traveled 400 from Exit 17 to Northridge(exit 6) – from exit 17 to Old Milton (exit 10) 400 was OK, but there was considerable ice still on the roadway – after exit 10 it was clear as could be. Getting off at exit 6, the secondary roads were quite icy – Roswell Road was OK, but the other side streets were a mess with black ice.

So. be careful out there!

DB, or was it HB – I really enjoyed your prose late yesterday on the spell check system and why it is not a fail safe to good grammar or correct spelling – I have an employee whose reports I have to check and correct quite often – she said “well I used spell check and the grammar check on the computer, and if it doesn’t catch it then how am I supposed to know” – incredulously, I just responded that that is what high school and college were for. She got all huffy and told me I was rude! I just told her, yeah, but I am also your boss – she got the message!

lakerat

January 8th, 2010
7:27 am

Also, the high temp today is only going to be 28, so the roads will NOT get better as the day progresses. Tomorrow high is only supposed to be 32, and Sunday’s too (according to the radio station I listened to on the way in) so the weekend could also be looonnnnggggg. The lows tonight and tomorrow night are supposed to be around 15 / 16!

Justmy2cents

January 8th, 2010
8:25 am

My district closed, but I am a 12 month employee…so in to work I go. Funny when you think about it; they state they are closed “due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions”…hey, thanks for thinking about MY safety!!! I appreciate it.

catlady

January 8th, 2010
8:25 am

I always get bread and milk and cereal a few days ahead of any prediction. If it doesn’t snow, I am stuck as I don’t usually use milk or cereal. However, when your power is off 4 days or more, making anything that does not require heat is good. Obviously many of you live where the power doesn’t go off much. Where I live in the mountains it is off a lot. One year we lost power 12 times in December alone! No power means no (or less) heat and no water/bathrooms, too. I used to take it pretty cheerfully but now that I am in my late 50s I am much less sanguine about it. I had a button made a few years ago (after being without power for 5 days) that said, “I want power and I want it NOW!” and some of my citified friends thought it was a women’s rights statement lol.

We had a good little snow, but the roads are a no-go where I live so I will read and nap (unless the power goes off–then I will just nap). Temp with the windchill is about 5 and it is still snowing. Good day to dream some dreams, I guess.

All of you stay safe and warm and pray for the creatures who are not!

uconn

January 8th, 2010
8:29 am

@justmy2cents… My thoughts exactly… How is it not safe for kids to go to school but the rest of us can go to work??? Something is not right….

RJ

January 8th, 2010
8:37 am

I have no memory of a true snow day in Atlanta, but I can remember several ice storms. I don’t care where you’re from, you can’t drive on ice.

@uconn, I don’t think anyone can answer that question. Perhaps you should ask your supervisor. I can tell you that if a school bus has an accident with these driving conditions there will be many lawsuits.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 8th, 2010
8:56 am

HB

January 8th, 2010
10:04 am

In case anyone is looking for another snow day activity, I just saw some photos a friend posted of freezing bubbles. It’s cold enough out that if you blow bubbles the kids can watch them quickly form ice crystals and freeze into little ice globes.

kg13

January 8th, 2010
10:23 am

The Cobb and Gwinnett thing depend on your age. Gwinnett used to close when I was young, but then they got new people and they were obviously from the north! Why not close the schools for even a little snow? It significantly reduces the amount of traffic out there, making the roads safer for those who must work, and the kids should have an opportunity to enjoy what little snow does fall. And as for the animals, that comment MUST have been a joke:). As for the milk and bread, sure many people stock up on it because the weather man is often wrong. These predictions can turn to ice storms, more snow than planned, or nothing at all. All the people get those staples when snow is expected because they won’t be stopping for fast food in the morning. And as for those people who work at places that can go without their employees for a day, shame on them for not giving them a snow day. That lack of concern for your employees will cost you much more than a day in the long run. Well rested people who are in a caring environment are MUCH more productive. And the kids would probably learn more with less busy work at school anyway. The teachers are overwhelmed with 180 days of jam packed stuff mostly designed to get higher test scores. Being a well rounded educated kid would be more likely acheived by less time in school anyway. Americans work too much, and our schools have just become day care centers.

motherjanegoose

January 8th, 2010
11:06 am

@ RJ…we had about 8 inches in Gwinnett when my daughter was less than a year old.
That was in march almost 17 years ago! The temp was 70 on Monday and we had snow on Friday!

CP ATL

January 8th, 2010
3:24 pm

Actually, I believe APS was the last one to decide to close.

RJ

January 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

@MJG I’ve always lived in Atlanta, so I don’t know much about Gwinnett. I do remember the ice storms of ‘92 and ‘99. They were terrible.

posting under an alias

January 8th, 2010
7:42 pm

i work at a big box store and several employees had wrecks or were stranded on their way homes yesterday because missing work due to snow/ice…or any weather is not an excused absence…this makes me sick…doesnt matter if the schools close-doesnt matter if the dot says please stay home..nothing matters except the almighty dollar…

Future Teacher

January 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

If there is one thing I have learned as a music education major, as I’ve gotten to know teachers as friends, it is that teachers are ALWAYS excited to get out of school. Perhaps even more so than the students; teachers live for weekends and holidays. I don’t think I ever realized in high school that the teachers were just as excited about winter break as I was!

irisheyes

January 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

I was actually very disappointed that school was cancelled yesterday. When the year started, Gwinnett had four day weekends scheduled in both February and March. Now, we have NO break in February, and our March break is only three days (and it may not be a break for me since one of those days is probably a teacher workday). I spent the last three days trying to get my kids back in a routine, and now I’m going to have to start back at square one next week, AND they have another three day weekend next weekend!
@Future Teacher, while teachers enjoy their weekends, I don’t think that makes them any different from anyone else who works. We all enjoy sleeping in!

motherjanegoose

January 10th, 2010
7:21 am

@ irish eyes,,,nice to hear from a teacher. Just curious, do you think year ’round school would also put your students in the same category as you would have to start over after every 2 week break
( like the winter break) and this would be every 6 weeks or so? I really would not care either way but I have always wondered if it would have the same affect and whether the re-starting the learning flame would be worth it.

@ future…while I do love a day off, I really did not live for them….I loved teaching, That was 12 years ago and it certainly could be different now. BUT I was always ready for summer break. The children were starting to get frisky, like lambs, in mid April and I could not wait for them to be off for the summer….me too!