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School canceled due to ‘good weather’

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — And a rallying cry goes up around the office:

“They should do that here!”

The Bellingham Christian School plans to cancel school Friday on account of the “exceptionally nice” weather forecasted for the Puget Sound region.

The principal of Bellingham Christian School in the 1600 block of East Sunset Drive sent a letter to parents earlier this week saying they would most likely forgo a day of school to enjoy the sunshine. He called canceling a day of school for nice weather a good move in an effort to “promote positive school culture.” He also said a day off was “just for fun.”

Sun“Typically we cancel school for bad weather, so why not have some fun and cancel school due to fabulous weather?” Principal Bob Samson said.

Childcare will still be provided during school hours, Samson said.

The school did not cancel any days during the winter. A notice to officially close school will be posted on the school’s website at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Here is Samson’s full letter:

To celebrate an exceptionally nice day of the spring season, to promote positive school culture and just for fun, Bellingham Christian School has decided to cancel school due to good weather. 

Typically we cancel school for bad weather, so why not have some fun and cancel school due to fabulous weather?  For us Washingtonians, it’s just as significant we figure.  Our student body and staff are looking forward to a nice day to bask and play in the spring sun, which may end up happening May 2nd, and if not then we will hope for May 3rd.  We encourage the students to get outside and play.

If tomorrow, May 2nd, has clear skies in the morning and if weather.gov has a forecast of 63 degrees or higher, we will cancel the school for the whole day due to good weather.   Wahoooo!  If we don’t cancel school on the 2nd, we will look to the forecast for the 3rd and cancel school Friday. 

Mr. Sampson, the school’s principal, will make the decision to cancel school by 6:30 AM.  The notice will be posted on the school’s website, www.bellinghamchristianschool.org, and the inner school Sycamore website.

There are so many heavy things that go in our world, it’s nice to celebrate, relax and share joy with many. 

Since we’ve had no snow days, we are able to make this cancellation and still have more than enough state allocated hours for the year.   Additionally, childcare will be provided at the school, should there be some parents who are unable to have a place for their children to go.  


35 Comments to “School canceled due to ‘good weather’”

    screenshot said:
    May 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Reblogged this on Screenshots News and commented:
    File this post under “signs of Spring” and “good news reports.” :-)

    Chris said:
    May 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Sounds like a great idea and with being able to leverage the no snow days it's cost and time efficient.

    Have fun out there kids!!! And return the favor to your teachers and principle by working extra hard when you are there.

      O.o said:
      May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Additionally, childcare will be provided at the school, should there be some parents who are unable to have a place for their children to go.

      Reading too hard.

    Sugarstalker said:
    May 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    The more I learn about it, the more I like Washington State.

      Moop said:
      May 3, 2013 at 5:31 AM

      It's not a state thing, it's a private school.

    guest said:
    May 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    1st they decriminalize Marijuana and now this!!!! It's the conservatives worst fear. The hippies are spreading!

      Big_Media_Bias said:
      May 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      "Bellingham Christian School". Public school worked out for you, huh? Liberals are illiterate.

      Don't be a moron said:
      May 3, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      Christian private schools tend to be filled with conservative families and values. It's a leftist's worst nightmare – conservative values and kids having fun without risk of being killed in a late term abortion or raped by liberal homosexual pedophiles.

      What kind of dope are you smoking, stinky hippie? Get a haircut and a job for the first time in your life. And stay away from the kids with your drugs.

    Toni said:
    May 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Yep our students are really excited! Going to the zoo in Seattle for the day. Gotta celebrate a warm day when we can.

    annoyed said:
    May 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    And they wonder why this generation is so lazy — THANKS OBAMA

      laughing.near.you said:
      May 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      hahaha, bloody obama! first health care now this? its like he doesnt even care about his countries mental health!

      Katelyn said:
      May 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Actually, if you look at many other countries in the world, they have shorter work weeks, happier employees, and just as high of production rates. Take France for example. They have 35- hour work week, five weeks of paid vacation, and all kinds of other free time- they're no less productive than we are. That being said, these are children. Heaven forbid they should be given any amount of free time to be kids. Chances are, they're burnt out on testing and all of the bureaucratic BS like the rest of us and need this break for their mental health.

    will said:
    May 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    That's for the benefit of vampires, right?

    MCWEst said:
    May 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I'm a republican, and I think this is great news, I am also pro-legalization!!! Please stop with the conservative stereotyping; There are radicals on both sides of the political spectrum.. There are conservative hippies also, maybe if you stop marginalizing us all and enforcing the so called differences we could stand together and make pot legal. Together WE stand, divided we fall (as Pink Floyd so cleverly put it)

      Jay Ayre said:
      May 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      Republican as in RINO?

    Pronghorn said:
    May 3, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    This sounds like something a govt-run school would do. I would never send my kid to a private school this stupid.

    blisteringlogic said:
    May 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    It's a great idea! I think this ought to be done every quarter, BUT only for those students with a 'C' average or higher. That might bring up students' grades. But the PC police will never allow it because it might hurt the self esteem of lazy, apathetic students.

    Gray Champion said:
    May 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    I like Samson's style. Brought a smile to my face. :)

    Brewmaster said:
    May 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    They've got all freaking summer off. The rot continues to spread.

    TenaciousTexan said:
    May 3, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    I am a conservative Christian and my daughter attends a private Christian school. I think the good weather day is fabulous! In Washington, where temps tend to be very cold and for longer periods of time, they must be getting spring fever! This is what Texans call a mental health day!

    They used no bad weather days which they always plan for and this is a great way to use one! I, for one, am stunned at the nay sayers… Personally, I think it will help to improve student-admin relations. Really… where is the downside?

    Malbolsia said:
    May 3, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    My school did this years ago. When it got close to the end of the school year they have those bad weather days that were not used so they would use them for good weather or end the school year a few days early.

    Ryan said:
    May 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    You need to add "http://" to the beginning of your link to the school's homepage. Otherwise it won't pull up correctly.

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