The Optimal Snow Day

According to a student of Bethlehem Area School District, who is also the son of the superintendent of that area, his father is put under a lot of pressure to make the right
decision. “A big piece of it is the timing,” says Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area School District. “If you know it’s going to snow a few inches throughout the school day, I’m more likely to cancel it. Buses don’t do well in snow, so I monitor the amount predicted,
the fall, and the timing.” Basically, the superintendents have to consider the conditions of the streets and whether a bus would get to school safely. They also have to consider the snowfall during school time and the temperature also affects the decision for a snow day. If the snow were to cover sidewalks, the superintendent would have to consider the plowing time, which is usually around six hours. Superintendents have to wake up early for this task and if it ends up being the wrong decision, well, Twitter with haters is a dangerous game.

So that’s what superintendents take into consideration as they decide whether to have school or not. There is no optimal snow day for students because all students want snow days (as shown in my last article), but now at least there is insight on what conditions to look for on possible snow days.