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It was Monday morning. My youngest boy, Tommy, dragged himself down for breakfast. He was heading back to school after a nearly two-week blizzard break. Our conversation went something like this: Tommy: “Dad, is this March?” Me: “No, it’s still February.” Tommy: “I can’t wait until March.” Me: “Why?” Tommy: “Spring Break. And then it’ll be April, May, and then summer.” Even after being out of school for so long, he still… Read More

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Two weeks minus one day. 9 days. That’s how long most Oklahoma students have been out of school during this historic snow and cold. They won’t admit it, but I can tell my boys are getting tired of being home. I know I am. And my wife certainly is. While main roads are certainly drivable now, the neighborhoods and school parking lots aren’t. And that continues to be the problem. Buses can’t… Read More

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Snow days.  Schools have had way too many so far this winter. Districts have to make up the lost days somehow, and that’s what they’re struggling with right now. How would you like to see the days made up? Vote in my very unofficial, extremely unscientific poll.  

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Four snow days last week. Still haven’t heard from the schools if there will be class Monday. My guess? No. The neighborhood streets are still really bad, and busses have to be able to pick up students. Who knows? With another big storm coming our way Tuesday/Wednesday, the kids could get quite a few more snow days. Spring Summer break might be cancelled. Like many kids, my boys (Jacob and Tommy) were… Read More

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I love to see my kids happy, but this is ridiculous.  Last night my 15-year-old and I were watching “Jersey Shore” together (don’t ask why). He kept bugging me about whether his school will have another snow day on Friday. A brief snow storm Thursday morning closed schools, and while there was no new snow forecasted, it was going to be really cold, freezing the roads. The conversation went something like this:

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It’s summer.  For my three boys that means no alarm clocks (or dad) waking them up from deep sleep for school.  I’m always amazed of two things regarding teenagers and their sleep habits: How difficult it is to wake them up for school. How long they can sleep in, given the opportunity. So I’m not surprised to hear the results of some new research.  It suggests that an early school bell may… Read More

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