Small Wash. school closes because of nice weather
Union Valley first graders Kade Ratzlaff, left, and Zachary Price play on the playground equipment next to Hobart Detter field in Carey Park on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Hutchinson, Kan. Students enjoyed the warm 80 degree weather during their field trip but the last day of school on Thursday will be a shock with temperatures near freezing. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Sandra J. Milburn)
SEATTLE (AP) — In sun-deprived Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather has prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.
Friday will be a "sun day" of sorts for 205 students at Bellingham Christian School in Bellingham, Wash.
Principal Bob Sampson announced the day off on the school's site.
Sampson says he wanted to give students a chance to enjoy the weather and re-energize. He says he surveyed parents and floated the idea with the school board before canceling school.
The sun day was also made possible because there weren't any days off because of snow this school year.
Friday is not the first time the school has given students the day off because of sunshine. The last time was two years ago.
It wouldn't be a bad idea if the families had a warning, what do you do for sitters and everything you'll need for a sudden school closed for the day. You have to stay home to sit your kids the teachers want a day off !
The parents and school board were surveyed, plus a built in snow day was used. No harm done, the kids needed to recharge their batteries. Many of you have called in fake sick to enjoy a sunny day or do something else. Lighten up folks. I once lived in the Seattle metro area for many years, I know how dreary the weather can be.
The fact that most people in the straw vote here thought the schools should close is a good indication of why kids know so little today- no one cares about education. As for those that say winter's are long (imisstgifonabc), winter is long in a lot of places- that doesn't mean kids shouldn't learn.
We have an educational void in the U.S. - more school, not less is the answer.
I went to a school like that when I was a kid.....It was called recess!