Watauga County Schools delays

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Disgruntled taxpayer

Lincolnton, NC

#1 Jan 22, 2013
Any excuse to not teach kids. They're delaying school on Wednesday because it is too cold... yet the low on Wednesday (supposed to be 21) is what the high on Tuesday (22) was.

So, it was OK to go to school on Tuesday when it was 20 degrees but we have to delay on Wednesday?

Call the superintendent to complain and then the school board.

Mountain City, TN

#2 Jan 23, 2013
16 degrees right now with a -1 wind chill. I think they are more concerned with kids standing out in this weather than with your complaining. Besides, the neighboring counties are doing the same thing. Get a grip.
Also irritated

Lincolnton, NC

#3 Jan 23, 2013
It was 17 degrees at 8:00 and 18 degrees at 10:00. Did the 1 degree make a difference? If others are doing it too, that makes it OK?

How about some objective standards and the reasons. If 17 degrees is too cold to stand outside, then call school off because 18 degrees isn't any better.

This superintendent is apparently arrogant and lazy. Guess he wanted to sleep in this morning.

Boone, NC

#4 Jan 23, 2013
Tuesday.. 10:00 17 degrees 2 degrees wind chill
Wednesday. 8:00 17 degrees 5 degrees wind chill
Wednesday 10:00 19 degrees 10 degrees wind chill
So, it was OK to be in school when it is 17 degrees on Tuesday, but 17 degrees on Wednesday is too cold?
Had to hold out for 19 degrees before we could have school?
If we had a couple of weeks of lows around 15 degrees, would the school delay everyday?

Wilmington, NC

#5 Jan 23, 2013
While I agree that the superintendent is arrogant, I doubt that he would delay school just so he could sleep a couple of extra hours. And I don't think he is the one to make the call.

Boone, NC

#6 Jan 23, 2013
I guess some of you don't have kids and really don't understand the situation. There's a huge difference between subfreezing temperatures and windchills below or at 0* when the sun's up and when it's still dark. Many of the elementary students are catching the bus on a regular day shortly after 6 AM. I'm not sure that the parents of any 6 year olds want their kids standing out in the dark in these temp's. Plus if you haven't been on the back roads many of them are still snow/ice covered. How would you like to be on a bus a God forbid it get stuck or brakes down and you have to sit and wait in a bus that may or may not be running when it's 15* outside? While many of the closings don't make sense to me (last Thursday) these delays do. On a day when it's debatable whether the kids should even be out they seem to be making a good compromise. Just as an FYI I'm hearing that it's so cold that the heat at the new High School isn't even working properly!
also has kids

Boone, NC

#7 Jan 23, 2013
i doubt anyone who doesn't have kids would care enough to post
i think the point was there was barely a change in temperature. so, the roads didn't get better and the buses were only on paved roads so they aren't on the back roads.
your kid is not OK waiting for the bus today when it was 17 degrees but was fine waiting for the bus when it was 17 degrees?
Disgruntled taxpayer

Boone, NC

#8 Jan 23, 2013

So, when it is 15 degrees, should school always be delayed so the kids can wait for the bus when it is light out?

What about 20 degrees?

If we have two weeks when the low is 15 degrees, should school be delayed every day?

Is it OK for the kids to wait for the bus when it is 15 degrees as long as it is light out?

Salisbury, NC

#9 Jan 23, 2013
Sounds to me like the Watauga kids will miss alot of time if cold is now an issue. Yes I have kids and we still go in the cold. Funny

Sparta, NC

#10 Jan 23, 2013
When I went to school in Watauga they never called off or delayed school because of the cold.

Wilmington, NC

#11 Jan 23, 2013
Doesn't a half day still count as a full day? If so, what's the big deal?

Mountain City, TN

#12 Jan 23, 2013
I remember delays due to cold and early dismissals because of heat. What's the big deal?

Lincolnton, NC

#13 Jan 23, 2013
That would be fine if your priority is to satisfy a number of days requirement rather than to provide a good education for our kids.

Why don't we delay everyday and let out early too? It would still count as a day.

Wilmington, NC

#14 Jan 24, 2013
Teachers still have to go in at the regular time....it isn't laziness. It's to protect the health of children. Have you been inside of the school in the morning? They can be freezing. When your child comes home sick, who are you going to blame? The schools! So, yes, it seems crazy but they are protecting your children.

Boone, NC

#15 Jan 24, 2013
Viruses and bacteria cause illnesses - not temperature. Hope you're not one of our teachers.

Wilmington, NC

#16 Jan 24, 2013
Umm.....frostbite? Hypothermia? Circulation/white blood cell restriction?

Boone, NC

#17 Jan 25, 2013
Frostbite?? Hypothermia?? Inside a building? In order to get frostbite, the temperature has to be below 32 degrees. Are the schools really colder than 32 degrees inside? Don't they have a heating system? How did they warm the buildings on Tuesday, when it was 17 degrees and OK to have school?

Salisbury, NC

#18 Jan 25, 2013
It's always funny because some parents are tough and want to teach their kids to be able to overcome challenges, and then others are wimpy and want to stay inside on the couch. Time to go play in the snow!!!!!!

Boone, NC

#19 Jan 25, 2013
Its warmed at the school than in our house

United States

#20 Jan 25, 2013
From reading these posts that many of you either don't have children or just like to complain. My children have never ridden the bus but I am thankful for the delay on these cold mornings. These delays do cause scheduling problems for me but I deal with it because its all a part of parenting. I do not like the idea of children standing out in the freezing cold temperatures before dawn relying on buses that may or may not start on time because they run on diesel fuel. These decisions are made with the best interest of the children in mind and as parents we have to understand and work around the changes. I do not want my children standing out in the cold and I don't want them on a bus on slick roads. I stand behind all the decisions the BOE has made this year.

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