Last year, for the first time that I knew of, our local city school delayed start due to cold weather. Not snow. Not ice. Just REALLY cold weather. We had – like a 4 day stretch of sub-freezing temps. Not ONCE did it get above freezing. And our houses/pipes/buses are not built/designed to handle that type of cold for that stretch of time. (I have two heat pumps in my house and neither could keep the temps above 51.) But man – when they announced a delayed start during that stretch of cold weather? It was like the Mayor of Huntsville started performing abortions AND officiating gay marriages from his office.
People had opinions, is what I’m saying.
I had forgotten all about that, until Monday when the schools announced a delayed start again for today. And all of the opinions came out again.
The majority of the opinions are: This is dumb. 2 hours warms up 2 degrees. WHAT IS THE POINT?
And I get it. I do. But there are a LOT of points. Our buses suck in the cold and 2 extra hours warming up in the sun equates to more than a 2 degree shift in air temperature. Also? My city still opens at the regular time for parents who do drop-offs on the way to work. Also? Tons of kids walk to school and ride buses and while a 2 degree shift in air temperature SEEMS like not enough to make a difference, it’s something.
Basically – the point is that there are a LOT of factors involved in those decisions and they try to make them the best they can but the one thing everyone ALWAYS forgets is this:
SOMEONE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE UNHAPPY.
I don’t envy the position of the people who make those decisions. And around here? They err on the side of caution 99 times out of 100. One year they closed school early for impending tornadoes but they didn’t close early enough and the tornado warning became active WHILE they were supposed to be dismissing kids and it was CHAOS across the city. So now? They close HOURS ahead of time and sometimes just shut down for an entire day of the storm system rolling in looks bad enough. When I lived a little further west (but still in North Alabama) their schools didn’t close because it was just ice, not snow, and one of our local beauty queens got paralyzed in a car accident. Without the expertise of Personal Injury Attorneys she may have been left without any compensation. I can’t imagine how much courage and bravery it must take to overcome such a traumatic experience like that. Hopefully, they had some great support from car insurance providers similar to Oxford Auto Insurance to help these beauty queens through their car accident trauma. Over the years BAD stuff has happened because they weren’t cautious enough…so can anyone blame them for being UBER-careful? Some people even argued that they should have gone to a law firm similar to Valiente Mott who could have helped them with their case so they were able to help the help they need. While others decided they were going to blame them.
Yes. Everyone can blame them. And they do. All day on Facebook.
And if anyone pops in to defend the schools for their decision, they get attacked for “being ridiculous” and once I saw someone point out that the poor around here aren’t going to spend hard-earned money on winter coats if they only need them 3 days a year and someone said, “THERE ARE $5 COATS AT GOODWILL. THEY CAN GET THEM THERE.” And then those people attacked back screaming about privilege (“$5 is still a lot of money to some people!”) and last year I saw it get SUPER ugly, SUPER fast, and that was between FRIENDS. All over a 2-hour delayed start at school.
What I’m saying is that…around here? School scheduling is the topic quickest to bring out the pitchforks. I post stuff about being pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, and about being a non-believer ALL the time. And does anyone try to attack me for any of thise? Nope. But once I defended the school system for a delayed start in the cold and I had THREE people yell at me on Facebook.
I’m just glad that this is, like a 36-hour stretch this time. Tomorrow we’re getting above freezing and the pitchforks get put back up until the next delayed start.