Ann Arbor Public Schools declared a “Virtual Snow Day” before a Monday night storm despite already operating virtually.
Jeanice Swift, superintendent of the Michigan district, sent a notice to parents canceling online classes Tuesday, well before the first flake fell:
I am sure that you are aware of the significant snow event coming to southeast Michigan overnight. With a snow storm arriving, and the forecast calling for snow, high winds, slick roads, and potential power outages, this would typically be the time when we would make an inclement weather day announcement.
As this COVID pandemic continues, stress is high and wellness is more important than ever.
Snow days are opportunities for children, young people, and adults to play in the snow, read books, take a break, and enjoy the winter season. These days are unexpected opportunities to make memories, to have fun and to celebrate community. We don’t