Snow days survive COVID-19 Photos and stories by aidan rogers

The home phone rings. The texts start rolling in. From the desk of your last period Zoom call, the first speck of snow is visible, gracefully falling outside the window. An oncoming feeling of nostalgia fills your body as blankets of white pile up on the streets.

COVID-19 has put a damper on much excitement of the 2020 school year, but students have maintained the pure enjoyment that a snow day offers by playing outdoors.

While there was initial uncertainty regarding traditional snow days, the administration explained it was an experience that should not be taken away from students of any grade level.

“I may be a purist,” Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice said in an email announcing the snow day closure, “but I do believe that for most children, the experience of a snow day can be an unforgettable part of childhood and a unique opportunity for unstructured play.”

After an extended night of sleep, Maya Markus-Malone ’22 spent her snow day with her younger cousins.

“With COVID-19, it was easier to be around family, than with friends,” Markus-Malone said. “To be safe, our parents wanted us outside so we tried sledding.”

Noah Fraas ’22, on the other hand, chose to spend the day with friends, sledding and having a football catch in the snow at the park.

Keeping cautious and socially distanced is often a problem when seeing friends, but by choosing activities to do out of the house, students avoid many of those obstacles.

“We each had our own sled to use,” Fraas said, “and we would already be socially distanced doing the activities outside at the park.”

While sledding, Sofia Palumbo ’22 had to make adjustments because other people enjoying the snow were not being mindful of COVID-19 guidelines.

“There were a lot of people sledding without masks, but we could move away to distance ourselves from them,” Palumbo said.

From the now customary 24 hours of digitized socializing and learning, this day of outdoor play was a welcomed change for students, teachers and their families.


Photos taken and contributed by Aidan Rogers