One school dist in our county did NOT call a snow day yesterday. Their superintendant said he decided that since they already had 2 snow days this year, and in hindsight he did not think those days were all so bad after all, he hoped this would not be bad either. This district had a bad incident several years ago, when another time they did not call a snow day, there was a multiple fatality accident right at the entrance to their HS involveing studens from their HS (it was when my youngest brother went there, maybe 4 years ago?) They took a lot of heat for that, and for a couple years they called snwow days even when no other districts did--- Ironically yesterday was to be a half day of school for them. So- they DID have school- but once they started picking up kids on the busses, busses began to go off the road, and they realized their mistake. BUT then? the decided to send the busses back out to take the kids home early--and not even have a half day? Except then they realized the elem kids were too young to go home and be home alone? SO they sent the middle and HS kids home but they KEPT the elem, and not even just for the half day it was originally scheduled to be, but rather for the whole day. Partly becuz they did not want the elem kids to be home alone, but also becuz several of the busses got stuck in snow and were not available to get the kids home. They then had to cancel school today becuz as of late last nite, they still had so many busses still stuck off road in snow. Our newspaper is ridiculing that district today becuz the paper said the school should have been concerned with the current situation and not taken into consideration how many snow days they already had this year. Some districts have tried to say it is up to the parents discretion whether they send the kids or not in bad weather, BUT while that is what they say to the media, the truth is many of those districts still consider it an absence, and some still consider it an unexcused absence, or truancy.....and for kids who are working for "perfect attendance" awards, it ruins those kids rewards which can include tickets to major league ball games and amsement park tickets to 6 Flags etc. It also can create a grade of zero for classes for the day they miss, and well, I know our district has a policy of 2 truancys in any grade from grade 9-12 stops them from being allowed to attend prom. SO- while technically it might be "a parents discretion" it really can create a lot of problems for some of the kids. I know several bus drivers and teachers also are complaining becuz our district waits until well past when your child in elem grades would already be ON the bus BEFORE they make the decision to call a snow day. By the time they announce a decision for a snow day, most of the bus drivers are already AT the bus barn with their bus half uncovered from snow- and most of the teachers are already en route to the schools. Seems snow day create all kinds of difficulties all over the place! I am now wondering if all these snow days are going to alter PCs graduation date etc.