Fluvanna Explains School Closing Process

Fluvanna Explains School Closing Process

There are 6 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jan 25, 2013, titled Fluvanna Explains School Closing Process. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Monday morning's icy weather may not have looked like much, but it was just enough to put hundreds of kids out of school.

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John

Johnson City, TN

#1 Jan 28, 2013
by 9:00 the temperatures were around 38, the roads were clear, and the sun was going to come out by afternoon. If a two hour delay is impossible, what about a three hour delay?

Think of what a 1/2 day is when the students get off in the afternoon. Wouldn't a three hour delay work?

But still guys, Monday was NOTHING!
JCS

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jan 28, 2013
Think safety for our children and the liability if we do not think about the safety of our children.
SIGH

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jan 28, 2013
@John....Have you ever been on a bus when there is even a slight amount of ice on the road? As an aide in Fluvanna Co Schools I was, SEVERAL times and I can assure you it was not a good time. Also, keep in mind, my child catches the bus at 7:20 in the morning, however, I know a child that was catching the bus at 6:15 am. 2 hour delay put this child on the bus at 8:15, still early for icey roads. I have wondered myself why they don't do a 3 hour delay BUT...I can tell you from having worked in the schools that lunches start at 10:45, this would put some children into lunch as soon as they get to school. I have also, at times, thought it was dumb that school closed, however, while driving to work in Charlottesville the other day, my road was a solid sheet of ice....but once I got out on other back roads, they were clear so you can't judge by looking at one road. Also, one year we went to school, shooting for an early release and when the snow/ice came early we had several kids from the high school wreck as well as a few buses slide into ditches...better safe than sorry.
Hard to believe

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jan 28, 2013
SIGH wrote:
@John....Have you ever been on a bus when there is even a slight amount of ice on the road? As an aide in Fluvanna Co Schools I was, SEVERAL times and I can assure you it was not a good time. Also, keep in mind, my child catches the bus at 7:20 in the morning, however, I know a child that was catching the bus at 6:15 am. 2 hour delay put this child on the bus at 8:15, still early for icey roads. I have wondered myself why they don't do a 3 hour delay BUT...I can tell you from having worked in the schools that lunches start at 10:45, this would put some children into lunch as soon as they get to school. I have also, at times, thought it was dumb that school closed, however, while driving to work in Charlottesville the other day, my road was a solid sheet of ice....but once I got out on other back roads, they were clear so you can't judge by looking at one road. Also, one year we went to school, shooting for an early release and when the snow/ice came early we had several kids from the high school wreck as well as a few buses slide into ditches...better safe than sorry.
I find it very hard to believe that there is a student catching the bus at 6:15. Maybe that should be addressed first. I can't seem to find a route that begins that early on the FCPS site.
Hard to believe

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jan 28, 2013
John wrote:
by 9:00 the temperatures were around 38, the roads were clear, and the sun was going to come out by afternoon. If a two hour delay is impossible, what about a three hour delay?
Think of what a 1/2 day is when the students get off in the afternoon. Wouldn't a three hour delay work?
But still guys, Monday was NOTHING!
It was 31 near Zion crossroads at 9:00, and in Palmyra at 9:15 it was 36. Those 9 miles and 15 minutes made a huge difference in road conditions. I drive a heavy vehicle, and had two slips on the way to work, in places that I knew would be icy. I'm glad school busses were not in the road then.
That said, I could easily support exploring a 3 hr delay. Maybe a 3 hr delay pushes dismissal back one hour...? There are some on here that will nay-say every new proposed solution, complaining without looking for alternatives, but that just may keep Fluvanna kids from going to school in July at this rate.
SIGH

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jan 28, 2013
This was a special needs child, that has since passed away.
Hard to believe wrote:
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I find it very hard to believe that there is a student catching the bus at 6:15. Maybe that should be addressed first. I can't seem to find a route that begins that early on the FCPS site.

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