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School canceled for ‘great weather’

School is canceled for bad weather all the time, but for great weather?

Bob Sampson, the principal of Bellingham Christian School in the metropolitan area of Seattle is quoted by Seattle’s KOMO as saying that the cancellation Friday was a reward for students who hadn’t had a single snow day all year and that it was a move toward promoting a positive school culture.

School was closed when the temperature went above 63 degrees and the day was sunny, in an area  known for being chilly and overcast. A message on the school’s Web site says:


Yeah!  It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school.  Thank you teachers and students for working so hard.  Enjoy your day and send me your creative pictures of you playing outside in the sunshine.  We will show them at our Monday assembly.

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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