Too Cold for School? Who Decides?
The Midwest is freezing right now and it’s only going to get worse. Last night, I watched as the news began posting school closings. We had no bad weather like snow or ice, but those schools determined it was too cold to risk having children walking or waiting at bus stops.
Several schools in our immediate vicinity were on that list, but the one my grandkids attend was not. We watched and waited, thinking it would surely be added soon. This morning we woke up to about 5 degrees and a wind chill of nearly 15 below zero. There was still nothing about our school closing, so my son bundled them up and took them to the bus stop.
I saw a discussion on Facebook about school closings. Some were griping that theirs had closed and some were griping that theirs hadn’t. Some who went to the open schools had just refused to send their kids because of the cold. If a parent just doesn’t send a child to school they will usually get an unexcused absence that goes on their record.
Back when my kids were in school, there were times when the roads were really bad that I chose not to send them on a school bus. If I thought it was safe, I drove them the mile or so to school. If I didn’t feel safe driving on the roads, they just stayed home. Who should really decide if it is too cold or too nasty with snow and ice for the kids to be out to go to school?
Personally, I think that should be a parent’s decision, but now-a-days it seems to be the schools decision and the parent just has to deal with it or face the consequences of an unexcused absence for their child. It’s supposed to be even colder tonight and tomorrow. I wonder what the school will decide.