Snow day…for some

12 Apr

My phone rang at 5 yesterday morning. I was already awake, but not ready to get out of bed, so I grumbled all the way to the kitchen to turn it off. When I saw the caller, though, I swiped right and heard the announcement of a two hour delay do to snow.

I looked out the window.

Yup. We had snow.

On April 11th.

After reaching 77ºF on Thursday.

As the snow kept falling, I watched as the other districts in the counties surrounding ours move from a two-hour delay to full closure. Of the five school districts my school’s county, two closed. the other three stayed at a two-hour delay.

I don’t live in the county where I teach and Portland Public Schools was closed for the day. I dithered about what to do.

I saw that the highway I take to work was closed in both direction due to downed trees. Downed trees impacted other routes into Beaverton, so I made the decision for myself. I think almost every Beaverton teacher who lives in Portland made the same decision because we had 17 staff absences at my school, and only 9 were filled.

It was going to be a doozy of a day.

Emails came all day long asking staff to fill the unfilled jobs. It sounds like we had a lot of student absences too.I have no idea what I will go back to tomorrow, but I can tell you this: I got really damp and chilled cutting up the bush that was so weighed down with snow that it blocked my back door. Hot tea and cozy blanket were great restoratives.

So was this unexpected day off.

8 Responses to “Snow day…for some”

  1. Amy April 12, 2022 at 5:43 am #

    I can remember having a snow day in April when I was a kid. I was actually disappointed because we were supposed to have a spring party that day. My mom had made a piñata for us, too. I hope you had an opportunity to read while cozied under a warm blanket.

  2. arjeha April 12, 2022 at 6:37 am #

    The weather this year has been really strange. I don’t remember ever having a snow day in April although we have had snow.

  3. karpenglish April 12, 2022 at 7:02 am #

    Same here! The district did not take into account that many of the teachers live in Portland. When the highway was closed, they should have closed the district! We had a number of teachers out at HPMS too. I hope the school is still standing for you this morning!

    • Adrienne April 12, 2022 at 7:54 am #

      We had emails all day asking for people to cover classes. It was nuts. I had a different person every period.

  4. Trish April 12, 2022 at 7:16 am #

    I heard about Portland’s unexpected snowfall, school delays and closures on my way to substitute. Wow! It was chilly on the coast, there might have even been some hail, definitely wind, but nothing like you experienced. Those heavy, wet snows wreak havoc. Hope today is a pleasant surprise!

    • Adrienne April 12, 2022 at 7:55 am #

      It’s all back to normal today!

  5. Saphio April 12, 2022 at 8:00 am #

    Yeah! The snow was really unexpected! Due to snow absences, we ended up playing Pictionary in Language Arts… Well, I’m not sure how much it snows in Scotland, but I’m sure even Macbeth, “Great” and “Glorious” Thane of Cawdor and Glamis, wouldn’t have been able to offer a solution.

    • Adrienne April 12, 2022 at 8:05 am #

      Ha! Given his poor decision making in the play, I am rather glad he didn’t offer a solution.

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