Snow Day II

Elementary school was called off before students were picked up this morning, but the buses had already picked up middle and high school students throughout the city this morning before the decision was made to call off school for the day.

I know there are some grousing parents out there — especially on the West end of town, where there’s hardly even a dusting on the grass.  However, I just came from a Rotary meeting at Inspiration Point (far East end), and I can tell you there’s a lot more snow there.  Everything is white, including the road.  There are icy patches scattered across town (including on West Outer Drive, just west of Hilltop), so it’s not like one can make a good judgment based on the snapshot outside any given home or office.

When the bus drivers reported slippery conditions this morning, the Director of Schools checked the radar and temperature forecasts again.  Finding that the temperature is not supposed to rise above freezing and that snow will continue — albeit on and off — through mid-afternoon, he made the call to close all schools and send the buses back to take the kids home.

Having just driven from one end of town to the other, I can’t say that I disagree.  It’s not bad everywhere, but the few icy spots are a problem.

What this will do to the orchestra’s scheduled departure for New York at 3 p.m. is unknown; that decision hasn’t been made yet, and will probably involve consultation with the tour line that’s transporting the kids.  Gamma’s supposed to be on that bus, so I understand the anxiety that other orchestra parents may be feeling today.

6 Responses to “Snow Day II”

  1. on 27 Feb 2008 at 10:37 am Mrs. Eaves

    My kids were thrilled with the decision; we’re now all cozied up watching Harry Potter and enjoying the morning.

  2. on 27 Feb 2008 at 11:10 am Snow Day! — Nine Months

    [...] School is out. [...]

  3. on 27 Feb 2008 at 1:59 pm AT

    From the way things looked out here on the middle east end, I was amazed that they hadn’t canceled school when I drove my middleschooler out. I started taking my elementary schooler out before they sent out the notice that it was cancelled, and slid all over the road when the car in front of me decided to stop at the last minute. He slid all over the road too.

    Then I had to go out and pick my middle schooler up. I cussed a lot.

  4. on 27 Feb 2008 at 8:21 pm Jacket

    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=7738794

    These folks new at about 5:50am their schools were closed according to a co-worker using this system.

  5. on 28 Feb 2008 at 10:48 am Harry Pruitt

    Morgan county ahead of us?? OGMYGOSH…

  6. on 28 Feb 2008 at 4:40 pm Ellen Smith

    Next time this happens (and it will happen again), can’t the kids and teachers who’ve already arrived at school stay there for the day? That seems much safer than having them all travel home again, particularly when (like yesterday) the snow is forecast to melt before dismissal time.

    This happened once when my son was in elementary school. I think the kids who got to school that day mostly played…

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