Again, I am all for safety. Yesterday = a good day to cancel classes.
This morning while I was out the roads were far from great, but definitely not terrible. I went out a little later and the highway was actually clean and dry.
This has really been a bad winter, but they seem to pull the trigger a little more quickly than I am used oto.
Keep in mind paved roads are the first cleared and the gravels will be last. I know up here I have a friend that lives on gravel half a mile from a paved road. He can see the dry pavement and cars traveling the highway but unless he takes his loader, he can't get there in a car/truck. Not to mention the gravel roads got covered in rain that then froze.
It really is a safety issue. We have had a bus tip over and a couple get stuck. Our superintendent is known for not canceling school and we have missed about he same as you. It is what it is... a crappy winter.
No district has any specific policies. The decision to have/not have school is up to an individual in the district usually the superintendent.
True. In NC Iowa, some of the superintendents themselves go driving at 5am in the morning in order to determine for themselves what the roads are like, and thus the safety of the children. They also consult with the local law enforcement agencies in order to help determine what road conditions will be like around 7am, when buses are on the road.
The other thing to remember is that there was still a winter winter advisory issued until 10am this morning because of blowing snow. I-35 was not opened until 8:30 this morning, and the state crews would have working on that road more heavily than other state roads.
I was scheduled to be at work at 6am, but was not shocked when they delayed until 9am. I was shocked when, a little after 6, they shut down production for the day. Why? Road conditions at that time were still bad.
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