It had been almost two decades since schools in Salt Lake County closed for a snow day. Until Feb. 6 of this year, that is.
The storm hit the Salt Lake Valley and Wasatch Back, pouring over a foot of snow in some areas and icing over roads and walkways. Salt Lake Community College, along with dozens of other public and private schools, closed for the day and canceled classes.
All SLCC campuses are CLOSED for the remainder of the day. Classes will resume tomorrow morning.
— SLCC Public Safety (@SLCCSafety) February 6, 2019
Gordon Storrs, an advisor for School of Arts, Communication and Media, says the aftermath of the storm brings a lot of stress.
“It makes the semester shorter. I’m in a panic to get it all done,” he says, noting the cancellation of classes has forced him to readjust his plan for the semester.
This semester is already short for classes on the Monday and Wednesday schedule, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in January, President’s Day earlier this week, and Spring Break in March.
Students at SLCC did seem to enjoy the free snow day, with some noting it was a great way to get caught up.
Others, like Danielle Lim, who is in her second semester, found it frustrating.
“[It’s] annoying to have to accommodate [teachers],” she says of the shifting schedules to make sure all of the important information is still covered over the semester.
Lim also says she feels “really rushed,” Though she did concede the snow day allowed her time to review her work and study.
Storrs says the storm seemed to affect attendance in the following days. Snowfall the following Sunday pounded the valley but was not enough to prompt school closures.