This past week, due to the extreme cold, Christian County Public Schools delayed the start of the school day for two hours. At least one parent didn’t get the memo ( or conveniently chose to ignore it) and dropped a child off at the normal time.
Read about it here.
That child froze out in the cold until a janitor unlocked the door and let the child in. Fortunately, the child is ok. Unfortunately for mom, she’s facing a felony charge of wanton endangerment. I have no comment as to whether she is or is not guilty of wanton endangerment, and that’s not the point of this post.
It does seem to be a stupid idea to decide at the 11th hour to delay the start of school two hours – ESPECIALLY if the schools are not going to be open at the regular time in the morning. Let me say as a disclaimer that I have no school age children. I also have a flexible job and a wonderful family/friend support system, so I’m sure this would never be a policy that would really cause problems for me or my hypothetical kids.
However, if the schools are going to decide the night before to delay the start of school the next morning, they should at least 1) open the school doors; and 2) have some sort of emergency care there for kids whose parents CANNOT miss work or class or rearrange their schedule to be able to get their kids to school mid-morning.
There are some workplaces that will not make exceptions for parents who have to take their kids to school or put them on the bus. With a full day off, the parent can drop the child at a relative’s or a friend’s house, or take them to day care before they go to work or school. But with a two hour delay, you have to find someone not only to watch them for two hours, but also who can get them to school at 9:30 in the morning.
If it’s that bad, call the whole day off. It’s not like there are weeks and weeks of bad weather down here in Christian County and the “two hour delay” is an effective way to ensure that kids get enough class time. If it IS that important, then at least have the doors unlocked and a staff member there – just in case some parent is stupid enough to drop their child off early.
I like the “call the whole day off” idea. If anyone has any thoughts, opinions, or ideas please, please add a comment – I’d love to hear what you have to say.