Oh the silliness - unnecessary really release for snow

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  1. Dynamite Boys

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    Living in Montana the thought of a snow day is so crazy! How I wish we could have one of those! I remember one day in the last 20 or so years (when I was an elementary student) that school was cancelled due to extreme cold weather. That day, with wind chill, we were at -45. It was crazy, but that's the only day I ever remember canceling snow! Everyone with school off tomorrow - enjoy your day - relax, sleep and enjoy!!!
     
  2. MrsC

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    We're supposed to get snow tonight, but schools will be open tomorrow--schools are never closed because of weather. If the roads are bad, the school buses may be cancelled but schools remain open as most of our students walk. Although, it's been at least 2 years since buses were last cancelled.
     
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    Our busses are supplied by the local districts, not by my school, so this is based purely on observation and not experience:

    A big part of snow days is that it keeps the busses off the streets. The kids are safer, and no one is stuck for 5 or 6 minutes behind a bus that's loading or unlodading kids.

    Plus, of course, it frees up maintenence workers from having to dig out the busses right away; they can concentrate on getting the rest of the facilities dug out.
     
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    I agree, which is why the buses don't run. Our schools stay open because, as community schools, at least 80% of the students in my school board walk to school (or are dropped off by parents, but that's a different issue altogether). Our attendance is lower on those days when buses are cancelled, particularly in the older grades, but we are expected to run as close to a regular program as possible.
     
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    At least you were released before the snow. That happened to us last year (and snow here is extremely rare so people are very silly about it-it was only like an inch or 2). But they didn't release early, for whatever reason. Parents came and picked up kids all day-I had 6 by about 1:00-time goes much more slowly with less kids to entertain. Dismissal was a nightmare-some of our kids walk, we dismissed from the cafeteria, usually classes are taken outside-it took at least 45 mins to dismiss.

    We have classes that will wait inside the door when it's cold (and here that's like 45 as teacherintexas commented). Parents get mad that the kids have to wait in the cold-hello? dress your kids warmer and come pick them up on time!
     
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    Because of court mandated desegregation, magnet schools, magnet programs within schools, and NCLB mandated school choice we have 487 bus drivers who take students far, far away from their neighborhoods. I would say that probably at least 45% of our students ride the bus, if not more, as the population of our school is changing. We have 23,000 of our 46,000 students district-wide who ride the school bus each day, many coming from very rural areas and with as many as two transfers to different buses. When we have ice on the roads and roads closed, it's a big deal.
     
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    As a Catholic school, we have kids from something like 70 local districts.

    When enough of the big ones close that it would make opening senseless, we close.

    It becomes a problem when districts make the decision late; too many of our kids from further districts are already ON their busses at that point.
     
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    Our policy is that if the roads are not safe enough for the busses to run, then school is closed. We never cancel busses and still have school. We have 1-2 snow days a year, and most of the time teachers are still expected to report to school and have a work day in their classrooms. If a teacher feels it is too dangerous they can call in and say they are not coming, but they risk a loss in pay for the day. I don't know how they determine who loses pay or not, but I never have. We also can't have early release for weather. If we open school in the morning, we must run classes all day.
     
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    They just canceled school for us. The roads are only wet, no ice, and we have no snow.
     
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    I can completely understand cities in the southern states closing down for small amounts of snow. Southern states are more likely to get ice, which is much more dangerous to drive on. Southern states also don't get winter weather very often. It seems that it would be more cost effective to close things down for a couple days than buying and maintaining the equipment needed to clear the streets quickly.

    We pretty much never close down. Fargo, ND is known for how well it keeps its streets in the winter. During our recent blizzards, the street department never stopped plowing. The main roads were in very good shape, and the smaller roads were kept mostly passable (if not nice). We also have a $1mil budget for snow removal...for a city of 96,000 people. That's over $100 per resident, which is a HUGE sum of money for just snow removal. Can you imagine what that would equate to in terms of Atlanta or Charlotte or Nashville?
     
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    Not snow... but I would love when I was in HS & we would have a delay because of the fog then they would call school for the day & it would be such a beautiful day!!! We could drive around & just hang out because at our school no school meant no practices!!!!
     
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    It's almost noon. The snow has been coming down for a while here. I think that all of the schools in Fairfield County are closing early. I'm headed for home in about ten minutes!

    Drive safe!
     
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    I am pretty sure I will be able to make it out of work and to the farmer's market and home again before it ever starts here.
     
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    We have the same policy in my district, and it has always bugged me. Sometimes they will cancel school but make it an "optional" teacher workday. But it's not actually optional! You have to have what's called 'annual leave' pay, and new teachers don't get it. So if you don't have annual leave pay you get docked, but if you go in that day you still have to make up the snow day (of course) so you end up working twice for the same amount of pay. :(
     
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    I don't agree with that policy. If a teacher lives too far out and doesn't feel safe driving, how can the district dock them pay?

    When we close, we close. No busses, walkers, or teacher workdays.
     

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