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BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 04:21 PM
I just have to know if school systems in other states let kids out early when there is a threat of bad weather. It seems so stupid to me.

Miss Foxy
04-27-2011, 04:22 PM
I just have to know if school systems in other states let kids out early when there is a threat of bad weather. It seems so stupid to me.

Not here in California unless you live in the mountains and have snow days...

VCURamFan
04-27-2011, 04:37 PM
When I was a kid, they wouldn't let out just because of a threat, but as soon as that first snowflake hit the ground, they were throwing us out like the building was on fire! :laugh:

BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 04:51 PM
When I was a kid, they wouldn't let out just because of a threat, but as soon as that first snowflake hit the ground, they were throwing us out like the building was on fire! :laugh:

The only weather day I ever remember getting as a kid came when it got so cold the pipe burst at the school. Never snowed much when I was little either. But with my kids every time there is a possibility of snow or ice they cancel school and it never gets bad.

But I was really talking about schools closing over the possibilty of tornadic activity.

A few years ago a school in Alabam decided to close over an appoaching line of storms that cause tornados in Mississippi. Well the school waited and released kids once the weather got bad and a tornado hit the build a few minutes after dismissal cause 16 students and teachers to die. But all 16 where in the gym which they were walking through to get to the parking lot to avoid the rain. Some kids who were still in the school build took cover in the hall and only minors injuries from debris flying around occured. Had school not been let out all the kids would have been in the hall - none in the gym - and no one would have been injured. Well that horrible event has lead schools to closing at every little possible threat. I think it is way more dangerous than keeping the kids at school.

logrus
04-27-2011, 05:16 PM
We have had schools close because of the heat before , the cold and the snow.

NateR
04-27-2011, 05:30 PM
I went to school in Santa Fe, NM and it could -20 F outside with 6 inches of snow on the ground and school would still go on. :laugh:

flo
04-27-2011, 06:19 PM
When I was a kid, they wouldn't let out just because of a threat, but as soon as that first snowflake hit the ground, they were throwing us out like the building was on fire! :laugh:

When we lived in Colorado, they didn't shut the schools for anything. 6 feet of snow? No problem!

Here in WA state, they shut down a couple times a year for snow/icy roads.



PS - I just noticed your location, Ben. :laugh:

County Mike
04-27-2011, 06:34 PM
If the forecast is showing a strong chance that driving the kids home at 3pm instead of noon will be a lot more dangerous, I don't have a problem with it.

rearnakedchoke
04-27-2011, 06:42 PM
we had one snow day i think this year .. we had a lot of snow, but the only day they shut down was the morning of the supposed "storm of the century" that never happened ... it was for the safety of the kids and the driving ... if it is really cold, they just don't let the kids go out for recess ...

Twinsmama
04-27-2011, 06:53 PM
we have hurricane days. they already have about 3 days are tenative off days but if we end up taking a hurricane day the kids have to go those days instead of the being closed.

BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 07:04 PM
If the forecast is showing a strong chance that driving the kids home at 3pm instead of noon will be a lot more dangerous, I don't have a problem with it.

I do get that as being 1 pro. But I think the cons to me are greater. 1 too many kids in our area already go home to no adult supervision. I bet most 8-12 year olds don't get out early and turn on the news and I doubt most of them know what to do in an emergency. it is not like the bus drivers are going to wait for a wave from an adult to make sure the kids won't be home alone. 2, most schools have greater distance and more layers between exterior walls and the hall (which is where kids down here go during tornado warnings) than do most homes, not to mention outside of the city limits there are a lot of mobile homes. and this one I'm not sure about yet but I think there would be a gerater chance of injury if you have kids all over town than if you have them grouped together. i'm still undecided on this since the adverse is the chance of having 100s of kids in the same built could be tragic if a major tornado hit.

if we didn't have so many kids around here with poor supervision on a daily basis I would likely not have this same opinions.

BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 07:06 PM
we have hurricane days. they already have about 3 days are tenative off days but if we end up taking a hurricane day the kids have to go those days instead of the being closed.

hurricane days are easily planned though right? you don't get a text while your at work that in 2 hours your kids' school is closing.

rearnakedchoke
04-27-2011, 07:06 PM
I do get that as being 1 pro. But I think the cons to me are greater. 1 too many kids in our area already go home to no adult supervision. I bet most 8-12 year olds don't get out early and turn on the news and I doubt most of them know what to do in an emergency. it is not like the bus drivers are going to wait for a wave from an adult to make sure the kids won't be home alone. 2, most schools have greater distance and more layers between exterior walls and the hall (which is where kids down here go during tornado warnings) than do most homes, not to mention outside of the city limits there are a lot of mobile homes. and this one I'm not sure about yet but I think there would be a gerater chance of injury if you have kids all over town than if you have them grouped together. i'm still undecided on this since the adverse is the chance of having 100s of kids in the same built could be tragic if a major tornado hit.

if we didn't have so many kids around here with poor supervision on a daily basis I would likely not have this same opinions.

wait til summer time .. if the kids are being supervised during the year, you can bet they aren't being supervised in the summer ...

BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 07:12 PM
wait til summer time .. if the kids are being supervised during the year, you can bet they aren't being supervised in the summer ...

i know. it is why crime rate always goes up when school is out.

Twinsmama
04-27-2011, 07:24 PM
hurricane days are easily planned though right? you don't get a text while your at work that in 2 hours your kids' school is closing.

sorry i must have explained it wrong. the school makes their calander showing an extra day off in designated months. it's usually a thursday before a teacher workday. if a hurricane day is needed than the kids would have to go to school that day instead of it being an off day. that involves a lot of chaos with kids already planning trips and stuff around the extra day off so they avoid it at all costs. so if a hurricane is bearing down on us one night we won't know if there is school til we get up and they list it on the news. (those dang storms sometimes take a quick right and we wouldn't want to mess the schedule up for nothing) if a storm is coming they stay at school until weather conditions worsen and then we get the phone call w/ a message pick up as soon as possible or in 2 hrs. depending on the situation. i bet it's like that everywhere. i know it's hard for some people to get off work but i'd rather my kids be with me than someone else if there really was a reason to worry.

does your county have a rule in the school handbook about the way they handle this situation. i'm going to check mine again just cause i'm curious.

BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 07:38 PM
sorry i must have explained it wrong. the school makes their calander showing an extra day off in designated months. it's usually a thursday before a teacher workday. if a hurricane day is needed than the kids would have to go to school that day instead of it being an off day. that involves a lot of chaos with kids already planning trips and stuff around the extra day off so they avoid it at all costs. so if a hurricane is bearing down on us one night we won't know if there is school til we get up and they list it on the news. (those dang storms sometimes take a quick right and we wouldn't want to mess the schedule up for nothing) if a storm is coming they stay at school until weather conditions worsen and then we get the phone call w/ a message pick up as soon as possible or in 2 hrs. depending on the situation. i bet it's like that everywhere. i know it's hard for some people to get off work but i'd rather my kids be with me than someone else if there really was a reason to worry.

does your county have a rule in the school handbook about the way they handle this situation. i'm going to check mine again just cause i'm curious.

i think the policy is the decision is made 100% based on EMA information and no weather information stated on local news can be used (since they get it wrong so much). we have weather days too but i was told that an early release is not considered a day off even if say they get a half a day off this week and a half off in two more weeks. federal funding requires kids have a certain number of school days, but does not specify hours so i wouldn't put it past many school districts in our state to bring kids in for 2 hours then send them home just to get funding, but then again i'm not exactly sure how that all works so i may be far off.

Twinsmama
04-27-2011, 07:50 PM
i think the policy is the decision is made 100% based on EMA information and no weather information stated on local news can be used (since they get it wrong so much). we have weather days too but i was told that an early release is not considered a day off even if say they get a half a day off this week and a half off in two more weeks. federal funding requires kids have a certain number of school days, but does not specify hours so i wouldn't put it past many school districts in our state to bring kids in for 2 hours then send them home just to get funding, but then again i'm not exactly sure how that all works so i may be far off.

that must be why they say there is school but then come pick the kids up. i never knew that. i have worse gripes with the schools that is for sure! i gave my kid the wrong sandwich yesterday and they made him eat it before he could have the rest of his lunch...i'm checking out right now to go give them a talking to. my mistake and punish my kid....i think he suffers enough because his moms a blonde (okay brown but i act blonde)

BamaGrits84
04-27-2011, 08:00 PM
that must be why they say there is school but then come pick the kids up. i never knew that. i have worse gripes with the schools that is for sure! i gave my kid the wrong sandwich yesterday and they made him eat it before he could have the rest of his lunch...i'm checking out right now to go give them a talking to. my mistake and punish my kid....i think he suffers enough because his moms a blonde (okay brown but i act blonde)

i bothers me that some of the people in charge of educating our kids can sometimes seem stupid (not all teachers, but i've seen a few). my son's kindergarten teacher uses a system where they get green yellow orange pink or red apples. yellow =1 point off, orange =2 points and so on. at the beginning of the year parents got a letter that says if your child is on green or yellow praise their good behavior. so if a child is on yellow every other day using their stupid points system a child with good behavior gets a C! i can't figure out how in the heck these teachers came up with a system that would allow a child to end up with negative points either. my son gets in trouble everyday for talking at lunch and every other for talking in the hall and it got him an F in conduct! an F for a 6 year old who talks too much! that is stupid. An F should be for a child who hurts another or breaks class property or just seriously bad behavior. not for talking too much! my talking to ended up with a teacher almost crying in the lobby of a school because she had no way of explaining how their points system was fair despite the fact that 4 teachers worked on it together.