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What do you think of this principals decision?

Posted by on May. 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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I found this article on yahoo. I thought it was pretty neat! 

SEATTLE (AP) — In a sun-deprived part of Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.

Friday is a "sun day" of sorts for the 205 students at Bellingham Christian School, a small, private, nondenominational Christian school in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles north of Seattle.

"SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!" the school's website announced Thursday night. "Yeah! It's a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school."

Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids. He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week.

"In a world that's got a lot hard things going, it's fun to create a moment of joy," Sampson said.

The forecast for Western Washington calls for a weekend of sunshine, with highs hitting the low 80s in some parts of the region on Sunday.

The sun day was also made possible because there weren't any days off because of snow this school year.

"Kids just love the anticipation of sitting around 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?'"

Sampson surveyed parents to make sure the day off wouldn't cause any hardships and floated the idea with the school board before canceling school, he said. The 22 staff members will also get the day off, he added.

Sampson and another staff member will be at the school bright and early, though, to welcome any students who didn't get the notice.

The principal asked students to take pictures of what they do on their sunny day off. He plans to show the pictures at an assembly Monday.

It's not the first time the school has given students the day off because of sunshine. The last time was two years ago.

by on May. 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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Golfermom3
by Member on May. 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

What a GREAT idea!!!dancing

bizzeemom2717
by on May. 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM
I live in WA state, I now live on the eastern sunnier side of the state but for 11 years lived near Seattle. After growing up in SoCal and living near Seattle I know how LONG those dreary and endless gray days can feels for months and months in a row. I think the principal made a GREAT call for everyone's mental health and well being. Unless you've actually lived in it you have no idea lol.
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atlmom2
by Susie on May. 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Awesome. We are dreary here in WI too.
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Crazylife1994
by on May. 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM

This is a really awesome idea! Everyone needs an unscheduled day to unwind including kids.

elkmomma
by on May. 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

I wish more schools would follow this example.  I live in WA and we haven't had a single snow day this year.  Besides adults aren't the only ones who need a little pick me up for an attitude adjustment or a mental health day off.

jeweldragons
by on May. 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Awesome!

onethentwins
by on May. 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I think it's a terrible idea and I'd be pissed. What if the parents had to take an important day off just to supervise their kids who should be in school? If the parents want to give their kids a mental health day, that should be their choice,  not the principle.

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fammatthews4
by Trisha on May. 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I think it's awesome!  What a great principal.

lazyd
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Yes, and I wish more schools would do this, every where!

fammatthews4
by Trisha on May. 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM
If you read the article he checked with the parents first so they had time to make other arrangements.

Quoting onethentwins:

I think it's a terrible idea and I'd be pissed. What if the parents had to take an important day off just to supervise their kids who should be in school? If the parents want to give their kids a mental health day, that should be their choice,  not the principle.


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