Monday, November 30, 2015

To Cancel or Not.... What's a School To Do?

OK~ Here in North Iowa we have been under a winter storm warning for the past 12 hours. And this is the view in my yard.

The grass is crunchy, visibility is fine and yes, you do need to use your winter driving skills. Living in Iowa, an average day from November- April, requires winter driving skills.

We did have a foot of snow 10 days ago, which has all melted and brought the green grass back to life. I can tell you that I would not want to be the person making the call to cancel or not cancel school on days like today. Common sense tells me that if the National Weather Service has put out a winter storm warning, kids should not be out and about. Schools all across North Iowa are closed today due to the impending storm, including our local school district.

Through the years that our boys were in school, there were times they did not make it home. The school waited too long to dismiss them from school. Visibility was zero and/or the highway to get them home was closed. So, on to plan B. And that was to find a teacher's home or friend's home for them from the night. Now, did I call the school up and complain? Nope.... I let it slide and did rant a little, but realized there was nothing I could do. Our boys were safe and that's what counted.

I am pleased to see that school districts are being proactive today all across the state of Iowa. Some areas of the state are getting blasted with snow and the powers that be tell us, that this storm is still on its way.

I can recall as a child, years ago, that my Dad would come to the school to pick us up when he knew it would be hard for the school bus to get us home. Reality is that in today's school climate, is the fact that it's not easy to pull your kids out of school for family reasons. There was that time a few years back when we had to do that with our boys, due to a death in the family, and they had unexcused absences.

What are parents supposed to do? Make the best of it.... kids are only in school a few years of their lives. An extra hour baking cookies, playing outdoors or even playing a board game is usually a good solution. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. And for those of us where all the parents work full-time's a whole different headache! I'm all for safety and yet, I do feel the districts may have jumped the gun today! Oh well.

  2. I agree, it's a hard call to make. You want the kids safe and the parents happy. I'm glad I don't have to make that decision :)


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