NLSD Parent

Mokena, IL

#1 Mar 5, 2013
I know I will get mixed reviews but I was wondering if anyone else thinks the school districts acted a little to soon in calling a full snow day? I know we are suppose to get a huge amount but the heavy snow isn't suppose to happen until later this morning and/or early afternoon. Couldn't the districts just have made this day an early dismissal day (i.e., 1/2 day)? At least that way, the day would have been counted and we wouldn't be having to have a make-up day on a Monday for only 90 minutes. We basically just lost a weekend of summer.

I know it is all about safety. However, I think most of us have driven in snow flurries before to at least get our children to/from school. As a working parent, I needed to make arrangements to find someone to watch my children for the day --- not a problem as I have some reliable people to help me. However, I would much have preferred to put someone out for only a half day rather than a full day.
Neighbor

Streator, IL

#2 Mar 5, 2013
Well, when you have a little boy suspended because he bit his Pop Tart in a way it looked like a gun, how can we expect any intelligent decision from school officals, like 1/2 day session?

Come on, 4 to 8 inches and they close the school?
Old School

Chicago, IL

#3 Mar 5, 2013
I agree with you, but I consider this school district to be part of the new age in parenting where the preious little ones should not have to be exposed to something so dangerous and inconveient as walking to school (or actually from the car since no one lets their kids walk to school anymore) in the snow. I would like to think they're taking into consideration more the teachers who may have kids of their own out of school and have traveling to and from work to contend with. They probably just figured it would be more convenient for all involved to call it off "a bit" early.
Unincorporated

Frankfort, IL

#4 Mar 5, 2013
Coming home is going to be tough. I wouldn't want to be driving in this stuff. If it saves one life, it's worth it. It's a shame our tax policies make you and yor husband work. Used to be you could raise your family on just what the Dad made. Now, everyone must work to make ends meet. Anyway, enjoy your time with your kids. It's fleeting. Next thing you know they are grown and gone. Count your blessings.
Neighbor

Streator, IL

#5 Mar 5, 2013
Well stated!
Jamal

Frankfort, IL

#6 Mar 5, 2013
The decision to cancel school is usually made by the bus companies transporting the kids to school. The school districts usually go along with the request. I do agree with the call that was made ,but these kids today are SOFT!!!!
Appalled

Joliet, IL

#7 Mar 5, 2013
For every parent whose schedule would be better served by 1/2 day of inconvenience, there is another parent who would complain that the school risked the safety of their kid by putting them on the road in the middle of the storm. You can't please everyone so you might as well decide based on the safety of the kids.

In 1967 I was on a school bus for three hours trying to get home in a storm that was worse than anyone had predicted. While I have a good story to tell, my mom would tell you it was the worst three hours of her life not knowing exactly where I was or whether I was safe.

Weather prediction is not an exact science. IMO it is unfair to second guess the school for making a cautious decision.
Please

Frankfort, IL

#8 Mar 5, 2013
If there was school today people would be griping. Was it called a little too soon? Probably yes, but it did enable working parents to make arrangements for their kids. My personal opinion is they were concerned parents would keep their kids home and then they would miss the almighty ISAT. I don't much care for making decisions based on a forecase. There are too many times a big storm is predicted and it doesn't happen.
Unincorporated

Frankfort, IL

#9 Mar 5, 2013
Kind of like in your bedroom.
hold on

Mokena, IL

#10 Mar 5, 2013
Appalled wrote:
For every parent whose schedule would be better served by 1/2 day of inconvenience, there is another parent who would complain that the school risked the safety of their kid by putting them on the road in the middle of the storm. You can't please everyone so you might as well decide based on the safety of the kids.
In 1967 I was on a school bus for three hours trying to get home in a storm that was worse than anyone had predicted. While I have a good story to tell, my mom would tell you it was the worst three hours of her life not knowing exactly where I was or whether I was safe.
Weather prediction is not an exact science. IMO it is unfair to second guess the school for making a cautious decision.
I thought you were much older than you are.
Professor

Mokena, IL

#11 Mar 5, 2013
Neighbor wrote:
Well, when you have a little boy suspended because he bit his Pop Tart in a way it looked like a gun, how can we expect any intelligent decision from school officals, like 1/2 day session?
Come on, 4 to 8 inches and they close the school?
Sounds like he is extremely talented. A few years ago he would have received a 1st place ribbon in the art fair. Today he is disciplined and looked at like a nut. Common Sense is a thing of the past. Stupidity is on the horizon big time!!!!!
funny

Frankfort, IL

#12 Mar 5, 2013
Unincorporated wrote:
Kind of like in your bedroom.
Once again the intelligence on this forum overwhelms me.
Appalled

Joliet, IL

#13 Mar 5, 2013
hold on wrote:
<quoted text>
I thought you were much older than you are.
Hmmmm.....not sure how to take that. LOL.
my other secret id

New Lenox, IL

#14 Mar 5, 2013
I am assuming that it would be more difficult for working parents to get home to small children, in the event of an early dismissal. If this were to happen (like when I was in school), parents would be in an uproar! It may have looked silly last night, but I hope you can understand why they chose to close the schools now.
hold on

Naperville, IL

#15 Mar 5, 2013
hold on wrote:
<quoted text>
I thought you were much older than you are.
Not the hold on you remember. I come back out of lombard that one is new lenox.
Bus Driver

New Lenox, IL

#16 Mar 5, 2013
Jamal wrote:
The decision to cancel school is usually made by the bus companies transporting the kids to school. The school districts usually go along with the request. I do agree with the call that was made ,but these kids today are SOFT!!!!
I would like to correct you - the transportation office DOES NOT request for school to be closed ever!! The decision to close school is solely the decision of the district administration. Please get your facts straight - because believe me in my 10 years of driving I have driven in some real "white knuckle" stuff because the district administration didn't have a clue or a thought as to what the roads were really like.
Wel

Frankfort, IL

#17 Mar 5, 2013
2 years ago, the schools around here were roundly criticized for not calling school the night before the blizzard. Can't win either way.

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