Just spend a few minutes on social media and you can easily see that people get all riled up about all kinds of issues, and nothing brings out the opinions like closing schools because it’s so cold. Not snow, not ice, not bad roads – just … cold. Bitter, raw, freezing, wind chills below zero cold. The coldest its been in our area since 1978 (according to DelawareOnline) – incidentally the same year we started bussing for desegregation, but that’s another blog for another day.
Private and parochial schools largely remained open. One local private school reminded parents that their kids should plan to bundle up for a walk between school buildings; a parochial school leader tweeted to his High School students “Bundle up for your walk across the parking lot to the heated building.”
Me? I could have zipped my kids up in their Lands End fleece-lined all weather jackets, put one of the myriad unmatched gloves on each little hand, started the minivan that spends cold nights in the garage, and driven my children from their heated home in a heated car to their heated public school.
But the school wasn’t closed because of *my* kids inability to safely get there. It was closed for…
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