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Old 01-06-2014, 12:05 PM
 
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Shameful. Wake County is raising a generation of children who see the adults fold at even the slightest hint of adversity.
I hope this is sarcasm, or else it is a terrible terrible attitude to have.

Maybe it's a matter of not wanting children to stand out waiting for buses before sunrise in windchills well below zero. Many families around here may not have appropriate clothing for this kind of weather since it only happens about once every ten years.

This is the same reason public schools all over the country have been closed.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: NC
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Shameful. Wake County is raising a generation of children who see the adults fold at even the slightest hint of adversity.
I'm pretty sure it's mainly for the buses. Even though we won't be experiencing -15 or -20, the engines on those buses will be harder to start if/when it dips into the single digits. By waiting a couple hours it might be easier for them to start. Those engines really strain the batteries at those temps without the use of engine block heaters.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Maybe it's a matter of not wanting children to stand out waiting for buses before sunrise in windchills well below zero. Many families around here may not have appropriate clothing for this kind of weather since it only happens about once every ten years.

Except it's not getting appreciably warmer as the day goes on. When my kid's school normally starts it's forecast to be 13° with 12mph wind. At the new starting time it's forecast to be 15° with 11mph wind. Is the two hour delay really going to help?
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: NC
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Like I mentioned earlier, it's for the buses. The drivers will get there on time and try to warm them up. If problems occur (i.e. bus doesn't start) it gives the mechanics extra time to get them up and running so that you don't have a situation in which a couple hundred buses won't be able to run on time.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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My personal experience is that the sun being up can make a big difference in how warm you are. Regardless of the ambient temperature, if the sun is shining on your back you will not be as cold. Not sure how much of a difference it really makes.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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My personal experience is that the sun being up can make a big difference in how warm you are. Regardless of the ambient temperature, if the sun is shining on your back you will not be as cold. Not sure how much of a difference it really makes.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I am ready. Wrapped my outside faucets, closed all the crawl space air vents, etc.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Am I the only parent of a teenager who doesn't even OWN a winter coat? lol?
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Durm
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...if I put a sock over my outdoor faucets does that qualify as adequate wrap ?

I did just remove the hose.

Signed, has not lived in the north for a while
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools are delayed two hours tomorrow! Woohoo!
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