WHEN WEATHER HITS AND TRAFFIC SNARLS
Woodburn Principal Charlene Brown sent out a mass telephone call at 2:25 today, about an hour after students were supposed to finish school for the day explaining to parents that none of the buses had arrived yet and that it was not clear when the buses would arrive to bring the children home. So the teachers remained with the students in school.
Meanwhile, student walkers had been home for nearly an hour, throwing snowballs and building snowmen.
Consolidating schools means more children have to travel more distances to get home, causing all kinds of problems. Mon Schools has cut its number of elementary schools nearly in half since 1998, while the number of students has increased.
Mon Schools decision to have a 2 hour early dismissal today was a major fail (see comments at WBOY article). Within a half hour of the first flakes, at the latest, it was clear the snow and traffic were going to be major problems, growing worse by the minute. The dismissal should have been immediate, closer to 4 hours early dismissal rather than 2 hours.
Or school should have been cancelled in the first place, given the terrible timing and nature of the anticipated snowfall and freezing.
But why wait for hours to dismiss rather than dismissing immediately? Anyone could see as soon as the snow started to stick, almost immediately, how bad it was going to get and fast, not least given the forecast for snow, snow, snow throughout the afternoon.
Many buses were delayed at least an hour, and more, far more, 3 hours or so. Some buses could not get through at all.
Could all buses complete their runs? No. Were buses sitting in endless traffic? Yes. Were parents forced to pick-up their children because buses could not get through? Yes. And parents were expected to? Yes. To do what the school administration stupidly failed to do. Those are the reports. That’s what happened.
What a mess.