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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another snow job

Congratulations, Kingston school district. There's about half an inch of fresh now on the ground, nothing else is falling, it's 33 degrees outside, and you've canceled school yet again.

It's Jan. 19, and you've blown your fourth snow day of 2010-11. And it's supposed to snow again Thursday night and Friday, so that'll certainly be No. 5. (You allotted six, right? So if February is anything like January, the kids of the Kingston schools can kiss their spring break goodbye.)

This is the Northeast, for heaven's sake, not Atlanta. Snow happens. People deal with it — and drive on it — all the time. Why can't you deal with it, Kingston school district? And why can't your buses drive on it?

This attitude of "It's snowing, so we have to close the schools" — or, worse yet, "It might snow, so we have to close the schools" — has got to stop.

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9 Comments:

Blogger BillyB said...

why do you care so much?

January 19, 2011 at 9:20 AM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

Why do I care?
Read my profile. It should be obvious.

January 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM 
Blogger BillyB said...

But doesn't a snow day leave more time for Scrabble?!?

January 19, 2011 at 12:16 PM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

No, Bill, because I still have to work.

January 19, 2011 at 2:34 PM 
Blogger BillyB said...

Me too, Jeremy. Me too.

January 19, 2011 at 2:35 PM 
Blogger Mrs. Montgomery said...

I’m a bit confused why you are so worked up about this. As a parent of a 16 year old, I would think that you would be the first to play the “better safe than sorry” card when it comes to driving in potentially dangerous conditions.

January 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

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January 19, 2011 at 9:01 PM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

Better safe than sorry is one thing, Mrs. M., but school districts around here (Kingston in particular) take it to the extreme. Half an inch of snow falls overnight, the sun comes out at 6 a.m., and schools close. It's happened more times than I can count.
As for this morning, I got into my car around the time school would have started on a "two-hour delay" day and drove around Kingston. The roads were a bit slushy, but perfectly passable, and the number of cars out and about seemed typical. In other words, everyone was coping with the weather just fine - except the panic-stricken school district.
I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, where snowfall totals about 100 inches per winter, and during my K-12 years (1968-81), my school district had exactly ONE weather-related closing.

January 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM 
Blogger Paul said...

Agree, whats even worse we are raising a genertion that thinks if it snows, everything closes. One job I work at has many young people either still in or just out of high school, and they are shocked when it snows and they are expected to show up. They assume everthing closes when it snows. And you are right, this idea of closing when it snows is a "Northeast" thing. I have relatives that live in very snowy areas in other parts of the country and schools don't close, the buses put chains on, and away they go.

January 24, 2011 at 3:49 PM 

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