Should schools still have “snow days”?

Background

Ever since COVID, schools hypothetically know how to function remotely now. This hypothetical change has led many districts such as New York City to declare that they will no longer give students the day off even for snow emergencies.

Should students still have to learn when it snows hard? To see the top arguments on both sides, check out the maps linked below or the puzzles linked above!

Discussion Questions

1) Do snow days benefit or hurt students more in the long run? Why? (Consider the effects pro/con on students’ physical health, mental health, and learning.)

2) How much does the opinion of teachers matter in this conversation? How about the opinion of parents? Whose voice should matter the most, and why?

3) What is the best snow day activity and why?

(For teaching resources to improve classroom discussions, check out our Teachers Pay Teachers page!)

Recent Maps

Should Universities Rename Buildings Based on Racist History?
Should Universities Rename Buildings Based on Racist History?

Background One key point in the ongoing battle against the legacy of racial inequality in the United States has been the significance of university buildings named after historical figures associated with slavery or white supremacy. On July 29th, 2020, the board of...

Should Social Media Companies Be Regulated?
Should Social Media Companies Be Regulated?

Background The U.S. has a law called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."...

Should Democrats “Pack” the Supreme Court?
Should Democrats “Pack” the Supreme Court?

Background To counter what they view as Republicans’ unfair and hypocritical tactics, some Democrats have revived the idea of adding more justices to the Supreme Court. This would be possible only if Democrats manage to regain control of the Senate by winning both of...

Should Colleges Use Racial Preferences in Admissions?
Should Colleges Use Racial Preferences in Admissions?

Background Even though discrimination based on race is technically illegal in the US, many people of color still face the effects of centuries of systemic racism. Universities like Harvard have implemented affirmative action programs to accept more Black, Hispanic,...

Should the US Implement a Carbon Tax?
Should the US Implement a Carbon Tax?

Background As wildfires burn, glaciers melt, and extreme weather becomes more frequent, Americans have grown increasingly concerned over climate change. While it still remains a controversial issue in the US, most scientists agree that humans are to blame. They argue...

Should the US Ban TikTok?
Should the US Ban TikTok?

Background Chinese-made apps like TikTok and WeChat are rapidly becoming more popular in the US. Unlike similar apps, the Chinese government has almost complete control over these applications and the data they store in China. While TikTok claims that it does not give...

Should the US Implement Universal Mail-In Voting?
Should the US Implement Universal Mail-In Voting?

Background US elections can be crazy in any year, but this year they're occurring during a pandemic. Social distancing - one of the best ways to combat the pandemic - is difficult to implement at polling places. Many people want to expand mail-in voting policies to...

Should the Government Defund The Police?
Should the Government Defund The Police?

Background Ever since the video of George Floyd’s murder by police officers in Minneapolis circulated across the US, protests against police violence and racial injustice have erupted around the world. Most calls to “Defund the Police” seek redistribution of funding...