It’s that time of the year again… WINTER! Personally, I cannot stand this season with it’s cold temperatures and all the snow and ice that accumulates on the ground. Having to put on layers and layers of warm clothing just to be able to go out to my car each morning is a chore in itself! If you are a teacher who works in an area where winter weather impacts your life, or are a parent whose children attend a school in an area like this, this post is definitely for you.
So far this year, my school has been closed twice due to inclement weather – and each time, the closures are met with both intense happiness and contempt. Students, obviously, are super happy to have a day off — I was the same way when I was a student! Parents, on the other hand, are sometimes not as excited and some tend to release that unhappiness on social media outlets for everyone to see.
I completely understand why some parents are upset when schools are closed due to bad weather. Yes, it makes planning for the day very complicated. Some parents scramble to find appropriate childcare while others are forced to take a day off work in order to take care of their children. Some parents become angry because where they live the conditions don’t seem “bad” enough to warrant a school closure.
While browsing on Facebook last night, I came across this post which seemed to put the whole issue of closing schools into perspective for me.
“I can’t speak for you, but I would rather be a fool 50 times over than be fatally wrong once.”
This little quote speaks volumes to me because it is all about perspective. It can’t be easy to make the decision to close schools… and I am sure the ones who take the decision don’t do it lightly. I have children in my classroom that travel well over 2 hours each morning just to come to spend the day with me. What might seem like okay conditions in the town in which our school is located could be treacherous in the outlying communities that my students live in. I’m not willing to lose any of my students over 1 day of school missed and I am sure that parents would willingly give up 1 day of work in order to have a lifetime of memories to look forward to with their children.
As the title of this blog post suggests, please remember this the next time your School Board or School District makes the decision to close your child’s school. That one little decision may just prevent an unthinkable tragedy from happening.
Have a great day!