Snow Day 2k19- A National Tragedy (Satire)
April 3, 2019
For the first time in the existence of this current student body, Skyline High was gifted with a snow day. On Wednesday, February 6, most districts in the Salt Lake valley closed their doors, as a large snow storm mixed with icy roads left them little option. Courtney Tanner of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that all five of the major school districts shut down for the day, as well as the major college campuses such as the University of Utah, Westminster and BYU.
Initial reactions when the news broke were varied, but mostly centered around confusion. Students were fully prepared to trudge out into the wild and dig out their cars, as they have every year since the beginning of their education. They would scrape the ice off their windshields, crank up the heat, and scoot to school with the sleeves of their shirts clutching the steering wheel. That’s what Skyline students love about the beauty of 7:30 on a February morning. They cherish it.
It is no wonder then that the student body was so upset when they learned the news that school would be shut down on one of the best examples of this gorgeous, ice filled type of morning. Who would want to spend their time asleep when they could be sliding around in a winter wonderland? Surely nobody would. The snow is a blast to drive in, and Utahns are obviously pros, so it should not even be a hassle for them to handle.
Just ask around and you’ll quickly understand what I mean. One Skyline student described their reaction as “incredibly surprised”. Can you not almost taste the frustration dripping through the page? Clearly this student was bubbly and ready to attend school that day, only to have their hopes crushed by the announcement of a cancellation. I feel for them, it must’ve been very difficult for that student to have their plans so rudely disrupted like that.
Of course, not all students were deflated by the sudden flakiness of Skyline High. Some students, for some reason, were actually happy. One student was happy enough to react by stating “for the first time in [their] eighteen years of living [they were] finally liberated from… school”. I don’t quite understand why anybody would be so jovulant when hearing news such as this, but to each their own.
In all seriousness, this is a state that gets a lot of snow. Really, it’s sometimes surprising how much it snows. According to Tanner (and basically all Utahns) residents here “pride themselves on plowing bravely through feet of powder when people in other states stay home over an inch or less.” That winter warrior philosophy has a stronger hold on Utah than nearly any other state, as it had been well over two decades since the last closure of Salt Lake County Schools. I’m sure there were plenty of storms in that time period that were far worse than the one that took place on the sixth. How is it that they picked that day in particular to shut everything down? After hours of diligent thought, it seems that the mystified students of Utah will never know. However for some strange reason, not many of them seem to be complaining.