school closings and bad weather
SCHOOL EMPLOYEE

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Dec 16, 2008
School has been called off for Wednesday.
PB parent

Faridabad, India

#22 Dec 16, 2008
Upset Parent also wrote:
They risked our childrens lives makeing decision like yesterday. And what happens if there are more days like yesterday and you pick your child up early and they get that time counted against them. So if any one has a suggestion of what we as parents can do to get this changed please let me know. If calling the channel 12 will help I will do that and maybe if enough of us call we can get something done.
What happens if it's like it was Sunday night when it was in the forecast but we did not get anything??? We frequently do not get the bad weather in every weather forecast. You just need to think rationally here and not be so quick to think something HAS TO be changed. Maybe you should ask at your child's school because the time may not be counted against them anyway. Calm down, there is nothing about which to be upset.
Former Classmate

Poplar Bluff, MO

#23 Dec 16, 2008
overly protective wrote:
does anyone know if the poplar bluff juniour high will be closed wednesday as well?
Poplar Bluff Schools are closed Wednesday.
upset parent

Faridabad, India

#24 Dec 16, 2008
sounds like this is an old rule that needs to be changed, this is the 21st century, most parents who have children young enough to need parent supervision, have day cares set up for these children to go after school. and why do all the other schools around us plan ahead for this, well then, is it poor planning at 6am, are we assuming the it will be ok, oh well, let's be proactive here. sounds like their not.
SSG Wife wrote:
Ok as a previous resident of PB and now an Army wife this is how and why our schools don't let out early. If by 6:00am the decision is not made to let school dismiss the whole day they will not let out early no matter how bad the weather is. This is for the safety of the children. There are several parents who could not get off work and be at home when their children are released early. At least we know that our children are in school and what time they will be home. And if they are not home by a certain time then we can go and look for them on their routes home. It is our decision on these days to keep our children home or pick them up early. But this way we do not have children running around without parent supervision. I for one am very happy with this. I know PB doesn't think like this, but in a way it was better for the children and the parents. Not everyone can be a stay at home parent and not many employers will let you leave just b/c of bad weather and children being let out early.
upset parent

Faridabad, India

#25 Dec 16, 2008
I think a "winter weather advisory" is pretty plain and clear that we are going to get Something, hello
PB parent wrote:
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What happens if it's like it was Sunday night when it was in the forecast but we did not get anything??? We frequently do not get the bad weather in every weather forecast. You just need to think rationally here and not be so quick to think something HAS TO be changed. Maybe you should ask at your child's school because the time may not be counted against them anyway. Calm down, there is nothing about which to be upset.
Lily

Saint Louis, MO

#26 Dec 16, 2008
At PB Schools, if you call the attendance office (@ H.S.)to let them know that your child will not be attending due to inclement weather, they will count the absence as an "excused" absence because you called in, but it still counts as an absence on the students attendance record. If your child (like mine) is striving to achieve perfect attendance...they are out of luck. I live close enough to my son's school, that school transportation is not an issue, but I agree that the Superintendant should have sent our kids home early. After 12:00, they get paid for the school day anyway, so attendace for the whole day is not an issue at that point. One year, I recall that the weather was bad, but school was not cancelled because the Superintendant was in St. Louis, and there was no one else to make the decision. Is that not asinine? There is a school board meeting Thursday night-Dec 18th. This is just the first winter event. More are sure to follow. The board needs to be addressed. If we do not make our feelings known, we will all learn the hard way one day. I'm not willing to take a chance. Are you?

Since: Dec 08

Kansas City, MO

#27 Dec 16, 2008
upset parent wrote:
sounds like this is an old rule that needs to be changed, this is the 21st century, most parents who have children young enough to need parent supervision, have day cares set up for these children to go after school. and why do all the other schools around us plan ahead for this, well then, is it poor planning at 6am, are we assuming the it will be ok, oh well, let's be proactive here. sounds like their not.
<quoted text>
You might be right. It may need to change. And the daycare thing, your right most do have daycares set up but not for extra hours. And the policy here is for Military Schools. So we have a lot of single soldiers that work school hours and such. Not all people can afford the extra hours of daycare. But this is an issue for the local school district. I was just sharing my opinion on the matter, and sharing what our policy is here in Kansas.
upset parent

Faridabad, India

#28 Dec 16, 2008
How do I get involve in this meeting, just show, is that ok, and where is it. I agree with you totally, we need to do something, I remember last year as well.
Lily wrote:
At PB Schools, if you call the attendance office (@ H.S.)to let them know that your child will not be attending due to inclement weather, they will count the absence as an "excused" absence because you called in, but it still counts as an absence on the students attendance record. If your child (like mine) is striving to achieve perfect attendance...they are out of luck. I live close enough to my son's school, that school transportation is not an issue, but I agree that the Superintendant should have sent our kids home early. After 12:00, they get paid for the school day anyway, so attendace for the whole day is not an issue at that point. One year, I recall that the weather was bad, but school was not cancelled because the Superintendant was in St. Louis, and there was no one else to make the decision. Is that not asinine? There is a school board meeting Thursday night-Dec 18th. This is just the first winter event. More are sure to follow. The board needs to be addressed. If we do not make our feelings known, we will all learn the hard way one day. I'm not willing to take a chance. Are you?
upset parent

Faridabad, India

#29 Dec 16, 2008
Kansas is probably alot more organized then poplar bluff, We are so behind on so many things.
SSG Wife wrote:
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You might be right. It may need to change. And the daycare thing, your right most do have daycares set up but not for extra hours. And the policy here is for Military Schools. So we have a lot of single soldiers that work school hours and such. Not all people can afford the extra hours of daycare. But this is an issue for the local school district. I was just sharing my opinion on the matter, and sharing what our policy is here in Kansas.

Since: Dec 08

Kansas City, MO

#30 Dec 16, 2008
I agree with your statement. I attended the PB schools when I lived there and so many things were so wrong. I can see it now, but at the time it was just another day for me in school. Hope it all gets straightened out b4 any children get hurt or worse! My heart goes out for all PB parents and the children who attend the schools there.
hello

Saint Louis, MO

#31 Dec 16, 2008
if you didnt notice the sleet started during 5th hour there is no point in calling off school for just 2 hours
it would have taken awhile for the bus drivers to get together anyway by that time it would have been 6 or maybe even 7 hour and the buses were 10 min late getting to the hs anyway

Since: Dec 08

Poplar Bluff, MO

#32 Dec 16, 2008
I dont think the problem lies solely with the schools here. I grew up in Chicago, we were prepared for weather like this. We called off school when the snow plows couldnt go up and down the road. They would work on the roads 24/7 there. In this area there is no preparation and the people driving dont take the weather into consideration. Its not how you drive its how the idiot in front or behind you drives! The roads should be cleaned better in the outlying areas of town not just in town. I agree the super here likes to wait till the last minute. Its not the bus drivers fault if they cant drive on roads improperly treated. Maybe they should consider having winter break instead of summer break and make the teachers work in the summer. OUCH!
upset parent

Faridabad, India

#33 Dec 16, 2008
2 hours would have made a world of differance, when the sleet started, the bus drivers that have many children at their hand of responsiblity, with stress to boot. can you only imagine what that would be like,
hello wrote:
if you didnt notice the sleet started during 5th hour there is no point in calling off school for just 2 hours
it would have taken awhile for the bus drivers to get together anyway by that time it would have been 6 or maybe even 7 hour and the buses were 10 min late getting to the hs anyway
upset parent

Faridabad, India

#34 Dec 16, 2008
that's funny about the summer thing, but a good point, the last minute thing doesn't work by the superintentent. the bus drivers are NOT at fault at all. they just have to do what they are told, I give them alot of credit for driving on those conditions, I couldn't do it.
Ooh La La wrote:
I dont think the problem lies solely with the schools here. I grew up in Chicago, we were prepared for weather like this. We called off school when the snow plows couldnt go up and down the road. They would work on the roads 24/7 there. In this area there is no preparation and the people driving dont take the weather into consideration. Its not how you drive its how the idiot in front or behind you drives! The roads should be cleaned better in the outlying areas of town not just in town. I agree the super here likes to wait till the last minute. Its not the bus drivers fault if they cant drive on roads improperly treated. Maybe they should consider having winter break instead of summer break and make the teachers work in the summer. OUCH!
teacher

United States

#35 Dec 16, 2008
Ooh La La wrote:
I dont think the problem lies solely with the schools here. I grew up in Chicago, we were prepared for weather like this. We called off school when the snow plows couldnt go up and down the road. They would work on the roads 24/7 there. In this area there is no preparation and the people driving dont take the weather into consideration. Its not how you drive its how the idiot in front or behind you drives! The roads should be cleaned better in the outlying areas of town not just in town. I agree the super here likes to wait till the last minute. Its not the bus drivers fault if they cant drive on roads improperly treated. Maybe they should consider having winter break instead of summer break and make the teachers work in the summer. OUCH!
I agree with you about the idiots that drive around here.
FYI: Some teachers do work in the summer.
involved parent

United States

#36 Dec 16, 2008
upset parent wrote:
How do I get involve in this meeting, just show, is that ok, and where is it. I agree with you totally, we need to do something, I remember last year as well.
<quoted text>
You're a typical PB parent. You have no idea when or where your child's school board meets, instead your on a gossip site hiding behind some bogus screen name griping. They have a website full of information. www.r1schools.org Try it sometime. It's full of information you can turn around and whine about on here!
woman driver

United States

#37 Dec 16, 2008
hello wrote:
if you didnt notice the sleet started during 5th hour there is no point in calling off school for just 2 hours
it would have taken awhile for the bus drivers to get together anyway by that time it would have been 6 or maybe even 7 hour and the buses were 10 min late getting to the hs anyway
You must not have noticed the sleet started before 5th period. At least on my side of town. And wouldn't you think the buses were late because the rodes were bad.
hello

Saint Louis, MO

#38 Dec 16, 2008
not at school bc i was in and out of my class during 4
ya i did think they were late bc of sleet thats y i said it would have taken them along time to get there if we had called off school
Lily

Saint Louis, MO

#39 Dec 16, 2008
upset parent wrote:
How do I get involve in this meeting, just show, is that ok, and where is it. I agree with you totally, we need to do something, I remember last year as well.
<quoted text>
School board meetings are usually held the third Thursday of each month and notice is given in the DAR (this is required under the sunshine law). Meetings are held at the administration building, which is located on the hill, near the high school. Anyone can attend.
charlie brown

United States

#40 Dec 16, 2008
woman driver wrote:
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You must not have noticed the sleet started before 5th period. At least on my side of town. And wouldn't you think the buses were late because the rodes were bad.
I'll bet "hello" can spell roads correctly because of the extra time he or she has spent IN SCHOOL!

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