Should Classes Be Canceled Due to GOOD Weather?

One Georgia school gave students and staff the day off today because of the excellent weather forecast. Would you want your school to do something similar?

Is good weather a good enough excuse to cancel classes? Patch file photo.
Is good weather a good enough excuse to cancel classes? Patch file photo.

The appearance or threat of snow, ice or severe storms often leads to classes being canceled in the Peach State. But sunshine? Not so much.

Yet one Georgia school did just that. Officials at Calvary Christian School in Columbus called off today’s classes for both students and teachers because of the excellent weather forecast. 

“It is too nice a day to have school!” a message on the front page of Calvary Christian’s website said, adding that the call to give folks the day off was made by Headmaster Len McWilliams.

“In the late 1980’s, I was calling school off one winter day because of the terrible weather,” McWilliams said in the message on the website. “The thought occurred to me that it would be great to call school off some day because it was too beautiful a day to go to school. I decided that some day before retiring I would do it.”

Do you agree with McWilliams’ decision? Would you like to see your school’s principal or superintendent make a similar call to cancel classes on a good weather day? Tell us in the comments. 

Jessica Smith Carter October 11, 2013 at 03:25 PM
It's a private school. Not a public one, which makes a good bit of difference here. But no, we shouldn't be calling off school for days that are too pretty to go to school. Part of life is going places when we would rather be some where else. Also, we are 49th in education in the country, we need to focus on teaching the kids in a way that they retain what is taught and can tell the difference between your and you're rather than take days off when it's pretty.
Libby Glosson October 11, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Absolutely a fantastic idea!! Life is too short to miss out on gorgeous days like today! Kudos to Mr McWilliams for seeing the bigger picture. Academics are super important but humans were created for more than just studying:). Hopefully the children at this school will pass the lessons they learned while NOT in school today on to another generation...a lesson that every day is a precious gift meant to be lived abundantly.
Helen E October 12, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Jessica, Private schools ALSO get federal and state monies. The tuition for private schools doesn't begin to cover the expense of these "choice" schools. ("Choice is the term used by the Department of Education to identify charter schools, religious schools, and other private schools such as military boarding schools, schools for the arts, and other academies.) I just recently moved from Hawai'i so I guess instead of having year-round classes we should have given EVERY DAY OFF. Let's look at test scores and general evaluations made by US News and World Report: Three (3) schools in the ENTIRE state of Georgia scored 90-100%. The other 1,000 plus schools? Average of 23-47%. NONE college ready. Georgia should be teaching year round...no summers off. The only reason that Summers used to be off was so kids could help on the family farms. Pretty rare these days. The USA is CONSISTENTLY outranked by other countries. "The United States places 17th in the developed world for education, according to a global report by education firm Pearson." "Finland and South Korea, not surprisingly, top the list of 40 developed countries with the best education systems. Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore follow. The rankings are calculated based on various measures, including international test scores, graduation rates between 2006 and 2010, and the prevalence of higher education seekers." One out of four students drop out of American schools by the ninth grade! This is unheard of in the rest of the modern world. We are also 24th in the world in health outcomes (how healthy the citizens are) yet we pay Much MORE for health care than any other country! Why? While almost every modern country has national health insurance, the USA has 50 million uninsured or underinsured people. So they go to Emergency Rooms where the average fee can be up to $20,000 for one night in an ER. That cost gets placed on the insured, so their insurance premiums climb higher every year. Our American "exceptionalism" no longer exists. These numbers aren't "opinions." They are facts.
Terry Tucker October 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM
For the original question: Go for it! Headmaster Williams wanted to this before he retired. It has zero impact on my life. If CCSD called off schools did it... c'mon that will never happen. Parents get mad when the roads freeze and school is cancelled. Year round schools - I'm sure the state wouldn't mind paying teachers and staff for those extra days.


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