Now this ticks me off

I understand that in NY they are not equipped to deal with “inclement weather” and that they close school when there is a lot of snow. I don’t agree with it but I understand.

Today the roads are extremely icy and dangerous. Icy roads are so different that a large snowfall. First we were told there was a two hour delay ie schools would open two hours later, then now I have heard that the school district has cancelled transportation.

One of the schools that called me this morning (7 phone calls since 6 am) is possibly having optional school for those that can get there. Um what? The roads are too dangerous for the bus drivers to drive our precious cargo to school, but it would be ok for us to schlep out in our cars and vans on icy treacherous roads to take the kids to optional classes? Is that not risking lives?

….and another school just called. “Even though there is no busing there is school. Please make sure you drive safely. We understand, however, if you choose not to drive your son to school in these conditions”.

I am not risking my kids’ lives driving on icy roads and I would not give that tremendous responsibility to other car pool parents to drive my kids to school.

I could have slept another few hours had this decision been made last night. Instead the phone has been going non stop. The kids will be rejoicing. Those of us who work from home, these snow days have seriously cut into our productivity….

Pass the coffee…..

8 responses to “Now this ticks me off

  1. Good for you! I feel for the teachers who are expected to show up to work and brave dangerous road conditions for the few kids who WILL show up.

    Here in Houston, they close schools for RAIN. (Well, rightfully so in some cases, like, you know, during a bad tropical storm.) They close schools for snow flurries (because if you think NY isn’t equipped for that kind of “inclement weather,” imagine TX!) But it doesn’t happen often.

  2. Hadassah, obviously this is not NY, but your school district, because here the system is really working well, we can opt-in or out of the phone calls, get emails instead or on top of, and schools follow the district’s decisions, if no busing, then no schools. Even the private schools follow the public system’s decisions, understanding that otherwise this would pose so much problems to families.

    Here, we got hammered with more than 24 cumulative inches of snow with the previous storms, and this morning when the sleet started at 4:00 am the decision was published that all schools would be closed in the district. The phone call didn’t come until later (for those who opted in). I got an email but I knew it when I just heard the noise of the sleet outside. Now, I can only hope we don’t lose power, because the town is in the middle of nowhere with so many trees that won’t withstand the weight of the ice!

    Good luck to you and welcome to NY winters!

  3. When I lived just outside of Jerusalem they closed the schools (and pretty much all public transport) for snow. For maybe 1/4″ of snow. Those of us who made aliya from the colder climes used to laugh and rant at the same time.

  4. I wish I understood what you were complaining about:

    1. Made the decision this morning. If they had called you last night you would have said they were jumping the gun and should wait to see what the conditions are

    2. Not providing busing. If you don’t this that’s a good decision get in your car and drive ’em

    3. Having only 1/2 day. That’s to give folks like yourself the option of having 3 hours of peace and quiet at home. You could take them up on it.

    Ergo, I don’t see what your rant is about.

    I will go now, take out Rover and drive to work. The roads are plowed and salted. This town is good at two things. High taxes and moving snow.

    Have fun in the mini van!


    • Yes, just last week you felt that 10:30 PM was too late to call parents…

      I remember this practice in Ottawa on a few bad weather days when the buses were cancelled, but school was not. The fact is that school can only take a certain a small amount of “time off” or else the teacher’s curriculums get totally out of whack and not all the topics they need to cover get covered. This way it is your child, not the teacher, who missed that day in school and they are not at fault for not having taught their full curriculum.

      Also, I think that freezing rain is more treacherous than snow.

  5. Here in upstate ny, near the lake, we never get snowdsys. Pixie has never had a snowday. Buses ran with two feet of snow coming down. There are times where I think they are nuts, but it just isn’t an issue here.

  6. Hiya from accross the ocean in London! In December the schools were closed for 3 days due to snow, health and safety issues play a huge part now. The children arent allowed to play in the school play ground, have snow ball fights, general snow play is not allowed on school grounds. A teacher has been sacked from a school as he allowed children on his sledge due to health and safety measures. Nobody was hurt thank God. What has our beautiful world turned into?

  7. My children go to public school in Maryland, so there’s only three options: open late, close early, cancel school. If it isn’t safe to run buses at the cutoff time, about 6:00 am, they can delay for two hours. At that point, they can either run buses, or decide to cancel for the day. By 8:00 am, they either have school or not.

    If there is a snow or ice event that will start during the school day, they can end school early (up to two hours) to try to get the buses off the roads before it becomes too bad. Sometimes that helps, sometimes it makes it worse. But their options are limited.

    If they have school (with late open or early dismissal) it counts as a full day, and it doesn’t have to be made up. Generally administrators, teachers, and parents all prefer this when possible. Students not so much.

    But you have the added complication of being in a religious school, so if they cancel school are they caancelling Torah learning or regular school subjects? And what is the requirement on number of days for English classes? And of course, there is no limit on learning Torah so if you can get to school for that, isn’t that preferred? My guess is the decision making process is more complicated. And it doesn’t sound like the different religious schools your family attends all have the same decision making rules working for them.

    It’s always a parent’s nightmare.


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