Mr. Reinhart and I do a weekly newsletter to all staff and school board members. This week I shared some insight into my thought process about cold weather calls and I was asked to share this with everyone.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside - While it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs, it isn’t one of my favorite weather calls. So what is Mr. Trenkamp thinking when we have school on time while others are on a delay?? Well here is my logic, whether I am right or wrong will depend on the person you ask!
In most families, both parents are working. Their jobs don’t close for cold weather, leaving them in a tough situation when schools delay as they need to find coverage for their kids. Or worse yet, kids are unsupervised who shouldn't be.
I am unaware of any student freezing to death on their way to school, but I know of many cases where students were severely injured or killed in bus accidents. Putting buses out two hours later puts them out where drivers at that time are not used to seeing buses. These drivers are likely to be less aware of traffic laws regarding buses. If the buses can safely travel I'd much rather have them traveling at a time when other commuters are used to seeing them.
What is gained by waiting two hours? Looking ahead to tomorrow as an example, the hourly forecast says it will warm up only a few degrees from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and that warm-up still keeps us at -13 degrees. Do those few degrees outweigh the first two factors I mentioned?
We have backup buses running in case of an emergency and our fuel is treated for cold weather. We also open our doors to the school earlier than usual when it is cold so students don't have to wait outside.
Lastly and most importantly, we always respect a parent's decision. If you feel it is unsafe to send your student to school we only ask that you call the office and let us know. We will 100% support your decision.