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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Don’t get me wrong. I love my job and I love going to work. I especially like snow days because it is a time when I can collect my thoughts and actually gets some of the “administrative” work done that I sometimes don’t get around to when there are students and staff present. I thought a lot about snow days after a recent bout with the white stuff caused school to be cancelled for two days straight. I woke up and went through my normal routine, got the snow blower started, and dug out of 2 foot snow drifts in my driveway. As I started my trek to work, I found that snow plows had not even sniffed the residential streets. It took me about 25 minutes to go half a mile. When I finally did get to work, I realized that the school parking lot had not been cleared yet, so getting in to the building presented a whole new challenge.

A few days later, I was reminded my administrators at our central office that on snow days, all “emergency” staff need to report to school. The line that stood out most was that we need to be “good stewards of taxpayer’s money.” I have never been one to shy away from work. I really love my job. The question I have is whether or not being “at” school is really all that important on days when school isn’t in session. I know that my contract says that I am a 12-month employee, but with a District provided laptop and cell phone, access to my school files, and a wireless connection what is the purpose of actually “being” at school? If I can do everything that I need to do from home, why do I need to be at school?

Some may say, “Because we are paying you to be there.” Herein lies the problem. With no students in the building, what is the role of an administrator on a snow day? In my case, it was a day to catch up on some dissertation work that I had been putting off for awhile.