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In a previous post when we were graced with a snow day, I discussed the new option some towns have opted for–the delayed opening.  This is when school starts an hour and a half later than normal.  Today we had one and though I think they are a good choice when you know the weather is going to improve, today was not a good day  for one.   Yes, the extra time worked great for me because I spent the extra hour shoveling snow.  However, I felt the area around the school had not been cleared in time. Besides this, the snow turned into a winter rain that continued for much of the day causing icy slush to accumulate.  I wore boots to school and packed my work shoes because I knew the park path I use would be slush.  The road I park on is a hill and it had not been plowed and I took it at about two miles an hour; I was taking no chances.    In short, it was dangerous for people trying to get around.  I dread the roads tonight when everything freezes over.  Plus, they are calling for more snow at the end of the week!  It’s going to be a rough winter.



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Snow Day!

I remember when I was in school and if there was a  hint of snow children would be antsy as they anticipated a day off.  We would wake up early and look out the window  then rush to the tv and sit through the endless lists of towns as we simultaneously listened to the radio.  Today, I am working in towns that send automated messages to your phone and I can go on the town website to see the status. There are many choices for how a town deal with the snow and the attendance of students at school.

My town seemed to be very stingy about giving out snow days, though that could have been my biased child’s mind thinking.  I see now that the problem with snow is you never really know what is going to happen and it seems like no matter what choice the town makes issues can arise.  If there was only a little snow and the students were given a whole day off to have the snow stop later, some parents complain they have had to find childcare for only a little snow.  However, if school is not called off and it snows while children are in school, there are complaints about the dangers and difficulties of getting children. I could remember days being bundled up just to walk the few blocks to school or I would be sitting in class and staring out the window watching the snow fall and hoping my mom would pull me out early like some of the other kids.  To deal with some of the issues that a midday snow might cause, some towns issue early dismissals.

A new thing that my town implemented in recent years is delayed openings.  Kids entered an hour and a half later than normal.   It is good for those days when snow has stopped and time is just needed to clear the roads, shovel out the car, and spend more time to get around.   It also gives teachers a little extra sleep!

What does your town do for snow days?

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