The blast of January cold and snow we just endured had the What You Said staff feeling, frankly, a bit nostalgic as we reminisced about the days it was so cold that we could walk across the frozen Ohio River -- uphill both ways of course -- and still get to school on time.
So we wanted to know: Should schools today be more selective in calling snow days?
Your replies have us feeling a little better about things, as it seems common sense and compassion have come to the fore when it comes to the schools' discretion on calling off for bad weather.
And then there's the ever-present issue of liability, Joseph Lee Dugan and others reminded us:
Some of you were ok with the schools' calls but would like a little more notice:
Sarah Elim emailed us:
When my kids' schools do get called off, I really wish they would make that decision ahead of time - it would be nice to know in advance so our family could make plans accordingly, rather than trying to scramble at the last minute.
And Christopher Covert would like to see a more scientific approach to snow days, and even suggested some specific measurements to use in the decisionmaking:
Maybe it would help parents planning if the local governments/districts were to create an objective measure/checklist of what will result in a “snow day”. For example, if ambient temperature is 6 degrees or less, or wind chill factor at 6 degrees or less would result in school off, or snow accumulation of 1” or greater inches with 45% of roads and neighborhoods uncleared.
We do hope the kids (and parents) enjoyed their snow days. With the temperatures headed to the 50s this weekend, it may be a while before we get any more.
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