When I found out my daughter's school was going to be closed tomorrow — here in Chicago, the temps are going to be colder than they are in Antarctica! — I simply got an email and an automated phone call.
The parents of Swartz Creek Community Schools students in Michigan, however, got just a bit more.
At the start of a YouTube video titled "SCCS Announcement," superintendent Ben Mainka and high school principal Jim Kitchen were eager to share district-wide news as simply as possible, without any silly antics.
"I know that one of the things that's been happening — which is an epidemic across our country — is that superintendents and other administrators are coming up with ridiculous songs," Mainka said. "And they're playing music and putting on sunglasses on and making absolute fools of themselves trying to cancel school for a snow day."
So, obviously, they then announced the snow day to the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," complete with background music, sunglasses, and ridiculously beautiful, not-foolish-at-all voices.
The video has gone viral with more than 125,000 views, and if I'm like most of the parents who've watched it, I'll be a bit disappointed the next time there's a snow day and I get some boring ol' text message.