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View Poll Results: When will students return to school after the "blizzard"?
Monday, at the regular time 2 2.67%
Monday, on a delayed schedule 6 8.00%
Tuesday, or later in the week 56 74.67%
Don't know/don't care 11 14.67%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-04-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Where did I say I wanted "more pretty snow"? I said the snow will melt on it's own and I don't mind having a couple of snow days while that happens!
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Pie shape
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Where did I say I wanted "more pretty snow"? I said the snow will melt on it's own and I don't mind having a couple of snow days while that happens!
The sand makes for safer driving...you said the sand was a mess, so...
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It incensed me that the spokesman for WCPSS made the comment that the schools' closing was 'for the safety of the students, and not the convenience of the staff.' I agree, but still, take a chance with losing a valuable staff member when many of us native North Carolinians are not accustomed to weather and conditions such as these?
You know that in many buildings, teachers are still expected to go in to school in Wake County on 'snow days'. It is left to the principal's discretion, and in the school where I taught, to not go in to work meant to use a sick day, or to take unpaid leave for that day. As a former WCPSS teacher, that was one of the bigger shocks I had working there - that safety was not a universal thought, and that road conditions deemed unsafe for the children were not perceived the same for staff.
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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You know that in many buildings, teachers are still expected to go in to school in Wake County on 'snow days'. It is left to the principal's discretion, and in the school where I taught, to not go in to work meant to use a sick day, or to take unpaid leave for that day. As a former WCPSS teacher, that was one of the bigger shocks I had working there - that safety was not a universal thought, and that road conditions deemed unsafe for the children were not perceived the same for staff.
That comment bothered me quite a bit, Lisalrenee. I guess it made me feel like WCPSS saw teachers as expendable, and that is certainly not, I hope, the message the spokesman intended to make. It also concerned me that it gave the public, perhaps, the impression we teachers were whooping-it-up, too, on snow days, or other days school is closed for 'acts of God.'

For me, in coastal NC, it was hurricane season we dreaded, and a bad storm could shut us down for a week, and the schools for as long as two. When Fran came through years ago, the assistant principal was polling us staff as to when we thought we could make it in to the site. I was not exaggerating when I told him that if he drove down HWY 17 as far as he could get, I'd get my husband to put me in a john boat, and bring me up to meet him.

None of us were happy about the situation. Not having to make necessary repairs, not being able to go out to get anything, if supplies were available somewhere, and certainly not thrilled at knowing there'd be a good two weeks worth of instruction to make up, and that was after we spent a day 'refreshing' the kids' school-learning and let them get all of the 'talk' about the storm out of their systems.

But, you know, we managed. The kids still got the instruction, and did well on the EOCs at the close of the academic year. It all comes out in the wash, as the expression goes, and there wasn't a whole lot accomplished with any whining that might have gone on. Which brings me to my last point, there really wasn't the whining on the coast that came with a hurricane that we seem to see with the winter precipitation here.

It's almost as if some just can't see the whole picture.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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You know that in many buildings, teachers are still expected to go in to school in Wake County on 'snow days'. It is left to the principal's discretion, and in the school where I taught, to not go in to work meant to use a sick day, or to take unpaid leave for that day. As a former WCPSS teacher, that was one of the bigger shocks I had working there - that safety was not a universal thought, and that road conditions deemed unsafe for the children were not perceived the same for staff.
What doesn't make sense, unless I'm mistaken, is they're required to come in or take annual leave and then work makeup days, too. That's like my company making me take PPL for the snow day and then requiring me to work on Saturday too.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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What doesn't make sense, unless I'm mistaken, is they're required to come in or take annual leave and then work makeup days, too. That's like my company making me take PPL for the snow day and then requiring me to work on Saturday too.
It is my understanding, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, that they had to come in on days that they would ordinarily have been there - i.e. Mon and Tues, as they would have to work those makeup days. They did NOT have to come in on Weds, because the replacement day for that day is a scheduled vacation day, so they just replaced where it was being docked. If any of that garbled mess makes any sense.

It's not like that in every county. I have friend who teach in Franklin county, and when school is called off for weather, teachers are not expected to be in. They may come in, as the building will usually be open for a handful of hours each day, but the expectation is not that the safety of the teacher is any less important than the safety of the child.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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The other storm related post was closed for some reason so it didn't give anyone the opportunity to further comment...three things:

1. There were comments on the thread that people shouldn't come here to complain..it doesn't do any good. Welcome to online forums!!! In part, isn't that what this format is for? Reading other's opinions whether you agree or disagree is what this is all about.

2. Two hour delay in Wake County on Thursday. Really? I'll say it again...3 days off and a 2 hour delay for 3-5 inches of snow that came down LAST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNING!!! As someone said in that post...amateur hour.

3. Someone reacted to my comment when I mentioned that I'm from the North with a "here we go again". So my experience with ice and snow and big storms isn't relevent in your mind? I'm from the North so I'm someone not entitled to my opinion? News flash: I own a home here, I've lived here for a while now, I pay taxes here and have every right to call North Carolina home now. I'm proud to live in North Carolina and wouldn't want to live anywhere else at this point in my life.
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