I used to be really excited about school being canceled. In fact, my high school was notorious for being canceled and it put Beaver Local on the map. If you are from the eastern part of Ohio, you have heard of Beaver Local.
But college is different, as you are paying for your education. You realize that a “day off” really means missed learning opportunities. You either have to learn the material on your own or your professor crams an extra lecture into the rest of the quarter. Some professors find material to take out, but this just makes you wonder why you were learning it in the first place! Either way, your education suffers.
On a positive note, we received an email from our Operations Management professor that an extra day at the end of the quarter was put into place for a review of materials, that allows to “hedge against uncertainties”. We will be moving each class ahead one day, so we will not be missing any class material!
And finally, although classes were canceled today, work continues. My position is considered “business critical” and we will only close if there is a level 3 snow emergency. Below is a description of the snow emergency levels from the Ohio.gov Web site:
LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.