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Old 03-02-2009, 06:44 AM
 
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Today we had a snow day. In the the five years that I've been teaching, this is the first snow day that we have had. We have actually had worse storms in the past, but the bulk of this storm was hitting right during the morning commute. This would have put teachers who drive, parents who drive the kids to school, and those who ride the school bus in danger. Not to mention walking I'm sure would have been really tough.

When the news reported the closing, they seemed to act as if it were a tradgey. "What are parents going to do as far as daycare", the news reporter said. I feel like the news was making a bigger deal out it than it should have been. School is not daycare.

I should mention that surrounding districts close all the time. They have closed for several snow days . The other districts also closed for extreme heat last year. Our schools stayed open and children were passing out.

When I was a kid, my mother had a contingency plan. If schools were closed or I was sick, she knew what to do. It seems to make sense to me.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:07 AM
 
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I'm having a snow day today! My company usually closes if there's a storm and even if they don't close, nobody takes issue with those that choose to work from home if driving conditions are bad. On that note, there's talk of putting a day care in one of our buildings. *fingers crossed* I don't have kids but I know that will be a huge help for my colleagues that have kids.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Maryland's 6th District.
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I am not sure about were you live, but here in Maine if a school is closed because of snow then day care will be closed as well. Also, depending on the type of work that the parent does, there is a good chance that work will be closed, too. Or at least the employer will understand if you cannot make it in.

Today is the third Monday in a row that my college has closed because of snow. It is really pissing me off.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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We're enjoying our snow day here. The library where I work closed as well as the schools. My poor college son just started his "Spring break" and was planning on going camping in the Smoky Mountains and is instead just waiting out the weather at a friends house. I believe this is our fourth snow day this school year. Usually all the schools in the county close or stay open together. Probably keeps us parents off their backs.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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We are also having a snow day here in GA. In the county I live in, there is nothing on the ground or the roads. It snowed yesterday for a few hours, and melted before nightfall. Parts of GA did get some accumulation, but not us. So, why are we closed? I think at some point, there were a few patches of ice, very few.

I will let my kids enjoy it, as they haven't experienced a snow day since we left NJ 7 years ago.
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Big surprise, we get very few snow days here in CO. My kids didn't have more than a handful from 1989 through 2005, when they were in school. We're used to it. Generally speaking, when it's bad enough to close the schools, businesses are usually closed too, so day care isn't a huge issue.
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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School is not daycare
You are correct that a school offers more than a daycare center, but one of the things that both offer are supervision and care for children. If someone sends their 4 year old to daycare, then when the child is 5, they go to kindergarten. It's instead of daycare. So working parents DO use school as a place to send their children where they will be supervised and cared for. If schools are closed and their businesses are not, then they are in the same situation as they would be if the child were too ill to go to school. The reason so many kids go to school when they're sick is because parents don't have alternate care for their children. In the case of a snow day (or a sick day), parents need to have some sort of backup plan, whether it's that one of them take the day off, that a neighbor or relative watch the child, etc. I would hope that most parents have something like that in place.
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