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Old 02-05-2014, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Duluth, GA
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If you think having an excused absence from work or an excused absence from school is more important than your safety and that of your family...
In Georgia, you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all. For many people, this means making the decision to risk their lives on icy roads to keep their jobs.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:20 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Closing in advance of a storm is also poor policy. My district doesn't make their decision until 6 AM the day of. Weather is too unpredictable to close ahead of time, only for there to be no snow/ice..............
It's a judgment call. Get a day of school in and try to beat the storm home or call off and it may not hit.

Call it right you're a genius. Call it wrong and kids spend the night at school or on buses.

After 30 years as a teacher there's one thing I've learned-1/2 the people will think you did right and the other 1/2 will disagree. And we always make up the days in June.
Ha ha! I guess I'm just used to the way my district does it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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I'm aware of the positives of taking transit, however, most of these people drove the cars to work, so they didn't have a lot of options going home. As I understand it, the snow started falling at mid-day, and schools/businesses decided to close around 1 PM. Now my school district has a pretty firm policy that they will not close early, once school has begun for the day. One time, when the problem was with a school itself, power outage or something like that, they did close one school early. But anyway, you have parents picking up their kids. Those of you who don't have kids (most of you on this forum) don't know how "Mama-Bear"-ish parents can get about their kids. I always preferred to let mine take the bus home in bad weather, as I didn't want to drive myself, but not all moms feel that way. So you had a real mess.
I haven't been driven to school since 8th grade. Always get to school by bus or by walking. Got to my summer job in 12th grade by subway. All my friends would walk too
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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Why do you ignore the ice and just mention the snow amounts?
The ice vs snow issue completely misses the point. it was a minor weather event - ice or no, nothing like this would ever happen in a city that had a resilient network of streets. Atlanta suffered a complete paralysis that stretched into two days. Ice, snow, whatever, does not matter. If one road gets shut down in a networked city there are options - in Atlanta heart attack.

Ice is a red herring thrown out by road warriors to wedded to their own delusions to question whether they are real.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The ice vs snow issue completely misses the point. it was a minor weather event - ice or no, nothing like this would ever happen in a city that had a resilient network of streets. Atlanta suffered a complete paralysis that stretched into two days. Ice, snow, whatever, does not matter. If one road gets shut down in a networked city there are options - in Atlanta heart attack.

Ice is a red herring thrown out by road warriors to wedded to their own delusions to question whether they are real.

You've ventured out of your knowledge zone and need to quit. Damn near every city below the Mason-Dixon line will shut down for a day, likely two, with the storm Atlanta got.

A quarter inch of ice, below freezing temperatures with no solar warming and no treatment equals gridlock-on the major roads, on the secondary roads, on the rails.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I haven't been driven to school since 8th grade. Always get to school by bus or by walking. Got to my summer job in 12th grade by subway. All my friends would walk too
Times have changed. Anyway, no doubt at least some of those kids being picked up by their parents were in eighth grade or younger, just like you ...
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:20 PM
 
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The ice vs snow issue completely misses the point. it was a minor weather event - ice or no, nothing like this would ever happen in a city that had a resilient network of streets. Atlanta suffered a complete paralysis that stretched into two days. Ice, snow, whatever, does not matter. If one road gets shut down in a networked city there are options - in Atlanta heart attack.

Ice is a red herring thrown out by road warriors to wedded to their own delusions to question whether they are real.
uh ICE on the ground is never a minor weather event and it takes more than a network to reroute traffic. For instance Trucks are barred from some streets where I live, Busses need to run something close to their route or they become useless trust me if you don't have clear streets the grid is useless.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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You've ventured out of your knowledge zone and need to quit. Damn near every city below the Mason-Dixon line will shut down for a day, likely two, with the storm Atlanta got.

A quarter inch of ice, below freezing temperatures with no solar warming and no treatment equals gridlock-on the major roads, on the secondary roads, on the rails.
Damn near every city below the Mason-Dixon line is sprawl.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:24 PM
 
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y'all are missing the point - this would not and could not happen in a city with a good tight, dense grid, with plentiful options both on the road and with transit. Atlanta turned a non-event into a significant disaster.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:25 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Damn near every city below the Mason-Dixon line is sprawl.

You know, you're a one trick pony.
You ***** and ***** and ***** about something that's already done and over. Game, set match.

And even in your Utopian Non-Sprawlopolis ice would shut it down. Most people don't like broken pelvises. They tend to be uncomfortable. Do you ever venture out into the air?
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