Off the Record

Greta: Why I'm opposed to snow make-up days

'Off the Record', 3/3/14: Snow make-up days are more disruptive than helpful to students, teachers and parents


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's go "Off the Record" for a minute. And first, I know no one over the age of 17 is going to agree with me on this one. But here it is.

I am 100 percent opposed to school snow make-up days. And I know you just spit out what you were drinking when you heard me say that, but I think snow make-up days are disruptive to students, teachers, and parents. And when those surprise snow make-up days are taken from those lock anticipated spring breaks, it's very disappointing to students.

Now, I never traveled to anywhere on spring break when I was a kid. But I sure loved spring break, every single promised day of it. I knew in August, on day one of the school year, when spring break was - it was marked on my calendar. I looked forward to it. It was a deal. The school told me what days I was supposed to in school and what days I got off.

Now, right now, schools are closed up and down the Eastern Seaboard due to snow. And don't get me wrong. I know the value of education. But a day off here or there is not going to mean the difference between a kid hitting the skids or getting a job or graduating from college.

And under the theory of card laid is a card played. If a school itself cancels school, that is their decision. That's their problem. A deal is a deal. They promised spring break.

And that's my "Off the Record" comment tonight. So, go to your computers and send me all those blistering emails about how wrong I am on this one or how I could possibly suggest it. Or go to and tell me if you agree with me or not.