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Old 01-06-2014, 02:57 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.
They don't want the kids to wait for the buses outside in that weather - seems reasonable to me.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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After shutting the water off at the main junction, I always open all my outdoor faucets to relieve pressure in the lines. Used to get a lot of cracked pipes before I started doing that.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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The schools also need to know if they're going to have (adequate) heat, running water, damage to deal with...

Those two hours give school personnel a chance to assess the situation, fix what can be fixed, and call off school if certain buildings aren't operational.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, 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.
That may be your opinion.

My opinion is that we are showing our children that we care about their safety.

It is possible that there are puddles and wet areas left from the rain that could freeze. Those puddles could freeze and I wouldn't want my children on a bus that is driving on ice.

Vicki
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville NC
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Good advice I walked over to check on a neighbor's place this morning who is out of town. All his hoses were connected, and one faucet was still turned on with pressure on the line. That would have been a real headache

I also slip those hard foam covers over the faucets...just in case.
I lived in NY for 17 years and never did either of those things. Is it just in case any remaining water freezes, expands, and splits the hose? Why would there be that much water lingering in the hose or faucet or pipe? If I'm missing something I'd love to know!
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Apex NC, the Peak of Good Loving.
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Is it just in case any remaining water freezes, expands, and splits the hose?
If the hose is full of water, so is the freeze-proof faucet. Disconnecting the hose is intended to save the faucet, not the hose.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:56 PM
 
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For outdoor faucets/spigots - Frost free outdoor faucets *should* be fine, especially in a closed crawl space. A plunger/stem inside the faucet keeps the water inside the house. That said, I have a bath towel tie wrapped around a couple of our faucets - just because. Thirty six plus hours below freezing with some potential single digit temps is a bit unusual around here. Disconnecting the hose is required as noted above.

Frank
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Durm
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This could happen to kids on the bus stop

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Old 01-06-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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That may be your opinion.

My opinion is that we are showing our children that we care about their safety.

It is possible that there are puddles and wet areas left from the rain that could freeze. Those puddles could freeze and I wouldn't want my children on a bus that is driving on ice.

Vicki
Our point of disagreement would be whether or not there is a question of safety. There will be no frozen puddles of any consequence, and no traffic accidents caused by ice that would not happen otherwise. Kids will be fine -- they are better able to cope with cold weather than are the elderly and even the middle-aged. Temperatures such as we expect tomorrow are routine over the course of a lifetime, even in the South, and present no real danger. Within the last thirty years Raleigh has seen nine-below zero and lived through it with virtually no trouble at all except for some delicate plants dying.

On the other hand, by hunkering down the kids miss an opportunity to learn how to persevere and carry on, and to see how responsible adults deal with one aspect of adverse weather and keep their commitments. Kids also need to be in school on a regular basis, of course, if they are to be formally educated.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You have got to be kidding me...There is perseverance and then there is downright stupidity.

I grew up in Western PA and spent 20 years in Buffalo. They know when it was not safe to have kids out in the cold! And, guess what? They have delays and/or cancellations when it is unsuitable to be outside. No long term effects of missing a day of school because of weather. So, if schools here need a delay because of weather that is uncommon here, seems to me the smart thing to do would be to delay so that the little ones get to school safe and warm.
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