Do boarding schools have snow days? That’s one question every potential boarding school student wants to know! The answer is yes … and no.
Some boarding schools are set in areas where a little snowfall is no big deal. States like Vermont and New Hampshire are well-equipped to deal will snow, and you can bet the facilities teams at such boarding schools are well-prepared to remove snow from pathways and parking lots before classes start, leaving snow-day-hopefuls walking in the cold to classes!
Other boarding schools have low day-student populations, or few faculty and staff members driving to class each day. Since an overwhelming majority of students and faculty live on campus, such boarding schools have no need for snow days. If weather is too severe for the few day students attending the school to travel to class, it’s always possible to call the Student Life office to ask for an excused absence; however, since classes are to continue regardless of day student attendance, students should be sure to email teachers to make up missed work.
At boarding schools like Cheshire Academy, which have a range of day students attending each grade, snow days can be expected if the weather warrants a closure of the school. While snow days can be fun, they’re designed to keep everyone safe by preventing the need to drive on icy or snowy roads. On these days, students living in the dorms can expect a weekend dining hall schedule of brunch and dinner, with sledding, study hall, extra help sessions with on-campus teachers, and sometimes even a hot chocolate bar.
The bottom line? Whether or not boarding schools have snow days depends on location, severity of weather, and population. Some boarding schools do have snow days while others do not. Boarding schools that do have snow days, like Cheshire Academy, are sure to offer plenty to do on campus for students living in the dorms. Boarding students from warmer climates definitely enjoy all the fun that can come with a good New England snow day!
Regardless of your school policy, it’s always important to open official school emails and even check the local news if you think there might be a snow day. When in doubt, contact your school’s main office or office of student life, and an administrator will be able to help you.