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.