Frozen

Aiden Gamble

As students woke up to the sound of alarm clocks, many noticed that the usual hubbub of early morning traffic and school bus noises remained absent from outside of their window.

“I know so many seniors who just went back to bed,” senior Dakota Workman said. “Especially on the day we had snow. People just got up and looked out their window and went back to sleep.  On a couple of the ice days, a lot of people didn’t even check the website or the weather; no one woke them up or was yelling at them to get up so they just kept on sleeping and woke up to no school.”

Within the past two weeks, Tomball has seen itself covered in weather that it is abnormal for the area in which it resides; a land of snow and ice that had potential to cause ice slicks which could in turn cause massive wrecks for teenagers driving home.  However, the ice is no longer of concern to the district; it is the days that were canceled that had the focus of TISD administration.

“Since we missed those days we’re currently in the position of redoing the final exam schedule,” Associate Principal Chad Smith said. “Along with that we’ve had to have teachers redo plans, push extracurricular activities like sports meets by redoing the calendar. Since it’s so much work, most teachers have just had meetings to discuss their plans. When you make a decision to cancel, you make a decision to release or cancel all sorts of activities.”

Though fun for students, missing delegated educational time is a blow to schools as it forces them to re-delegate days that had been allotted for teacher training and various school activities in order to meet the state quota (of days that must be attended.]

“We really tried to not have the days reset for the 14th,” Smith said. “We want out staff to be trained well on that day, so we were really hoping to not have students on campus that day.”

The reset dates for the ice days are Feb. 20th and June 6, thus giving teachers, students and administration the  much needed time in te classroom back.

“We lost two days of instruction,”  Government and Economics AP/DC teacher Paula Temperilli said. “But we’re going to get it back in the end and students were not placed in a dangerous situation, so I’m happy about that.”