School closed for good weather
Friday will be a "sun day" of sorts for 205 students at Bellingham Christian School in Bellingham, Wash.
"SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOO!" exclaims an all-caps notice on the Bellingham Christian Northstars website. "Yeah! It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school."
Principal Bob Sampson announced the day off on the school's site.
"Kids just love the anticipation of sitting around to see if school is canceled when it snows," he said. "You know, we haven’t had any snow days, so I thought ‘how fun would it be to create that anticipation for kids when it’s nice out?’"
With the weather in Bellingham expected to be sunny through the weekend, Sampson figured Friday would be the ideal day for his school to "suddenly" close.
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.
"In a world that’s got a lot hard things going," Sampson said, "it’s fun to create a moment of joy."
Critical thinking challenge: How did the principal justify closing school for a day, and why did parents agree?
- Posted on May 3, 2013