I agree. I always ensured mine had time to play.
Also I lived right next to the schools where they went when we lived in Monroe.
It did not matter how many snow days Monroe had. On the day they were supposed to get out of school I'd pull them out. When Monroe would ***** I'd tell them, MY kids could have made it to school everyone of those days.
What was sad, was when I moved to Tennessee and found out my son, who was taking College Prep courses and doing quite well in Monroe would not meet the minimum requirements for graduation in Tennessee.
The school worked with us and both he and my daughter ended up with a far better education. The schools are an order of magnitude better.