JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDVM) — Jefferson County Schools will be closed on Wednesday for the “first snow day of the year.”
Schools will be closed for students and staff including virtual classes. Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson announced the news through a letter to parents Tuesday evening, that included a heartfelt message to the community.
Since, the letter has gone viral and received a large amount of attention.
Dr. Gibson added that the cancellation was about more than just the weather. She went on to explain that this year has been a tough one for many in the Mountain State with so much “loss and stress.”
“For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year,” said Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, Superintendent.
The full letter can be viewed below.
Dear Jefferson County Schools Community,
For generations, families have greeted the first snow day of the year with joy. It is a time of renewed wonder at all the beautiful things that each season holds. A reminder of how fleeting a childhood can be. An opportunity to make some memories with your family that you hold on to for life. For all of these reasons and many more, Jefferson County Schools will be completely closed for tomorrow, Dec. 16, in honor of the 1st snow day of the year. Closed for students closed for virtual … closed for staff. It has been a year of seemingly endless loss and the stress of trying to make up for that loss. For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year. So please, enjoy a day of sledding and hot chocolate and cozy fires. Take pictures of your kids in snow hats they will outgrow by next year and read books that you have wanted to lose yourself in, but haven’t had the time. We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday, but for tomorrow build a snowman.
Bondy Shay Gibson,