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It happens every year!!!!!

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So, I live in northern Indiana. It gets cold. And snowy. Happens every year around this time.

Well, we had our first "FUCK it's cold" day yesterday. -1 with a windchill of -16. Still not that bad to me after living in upstate NY and the interior of AK. Lol. School wasn't delayed(our corporation just doesn't delay ever), so I bundled my boys and the baby up and took them to school like every other day.

Social media has blown up. Apparently parents feel as though EVERYTHING should have shut down. "Poor kids had to walk", "poor kids had to wait for busses", "the busses were too cold".

It's fucking winter. This weather happens every year. Don't want your child to walk? Drive them. Don't want them out waiting for the bus? Track it online with the GPS they all have installed and send junior out at the last minute. Bus too cold for your kid? Drive them.

Or, if they felt the weather was too treacherous, make the executive decision to keep your child home. My school district is known for staying open when everyone else is closed. And I did make the decision one day last year to not send my kids. I have to drive them, and I wasn't comfortable with the road conditions. I understand, there can be health concerns for some kids being in the cold, by the needs if those few don't get to dictate what happens for an entire corporation.
by on Dec. 13, 2013 at 6:43 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I don't care where you live, it is unsafe to allow your kids walk to school in that kind of weather. 

Quoting Anonymous:

As I said in a different post - different climate different reaction.  Heck I would not even bat an eye at those temperatures.  My children know how to dress in the winter, you just need to dress appropriate for the weather.  If we cancelled at a temperature of -16F our schools would not run in the winter.

Quoting Anonymous:

Your school district sounds like it doesn't care about the safety of it's students. I think I would have a hard time sending my kids to that school. 



my4kidsrock2
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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The two hour delay didn't do much good. Instead of -4 when the kids got on the bus it was -2. Plus our district doesn't have any walk zones. Every child, even if they live next door to the school, has the option of riding the bus. So there aren't a bunch of kids walking to school in the cold. So, imo, the two hour delay was pretty much pointless.

Quoting imthatgirl0607:

And thats exactly what a school district should do. They should think about the safety of their students. 

Quoting Anonymous: I'm also in northern Indiana. We actually had a two hour delay yesterday, which really surprised me, our district usually doesn't close or delay for anything.



It was nice because I have a nasty cold and I think I have strep throat so the extra two hours of sleep was really great, Lol. But aside from that I didn't see what the big deal was. We bundle up and go out at the very last minute so my 6 year old doesn't even have time to get cold while waiting for the bus.


imthatgirl0607
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Where exactly do you live that it is consitently that cold and no one cares? I'm assuming russia?

Well these kids clearly don't live there, and don't have the ability to adjust to that cold. 

I guess it blows my mind that you can't understand the difference. 

Quoting Anonymous:

My children live a 5 minute walk away from the school.  Everyone walks - it is reality around here we live and thrive in the area.  We are use to it and it has always been this way.  Except when I was a child we got thrown out at recess.  as I said we know how to dress and have never had one parent complain about it.  We are looking forward to the -10C that is above normal temperatures for us.  We do not have these drop off lines - if you drive you need to walk from an adjacent street anyway.  Life does not shut down because of cold temperatures - hey on the bright side at least we are not getting snow.

Quoting imthatgirl0607:

Kids shouldn't be walking to school in that weather. It's not safe. 

So your school doesn't let them oout for recess or any outdoor activities, but has no issue with them walking to school? lol. 

Quoting Anonymous:

Oh, good god.  If school around her were to shut down when it was that cold they would hardly ever be open in the winter.  Right now with the wind chill it is -34C  (-29.2F), and the high is going to be -30C (-22F) with the wind chill.  Next week we will be looking at temperatures with the windchill between -10C (3F) and -36C (-32.8F) - our children walk it is call bundling up.  Usually the only visible part of a person is the eyes and even then most wear sun glasses.

We deal with it.  They get to school the schools let them right in - no outdoor recess or activities.  I will tell you that at -10C our children will be out and active.  I have never seen school close for cold weather.  We have not even hit January-February which are the coldest months.

Quoting imthatgirl0607:

You clearly live a very simplistic life, not everyone does.

The school also can't make decisions based off whether parents may or may not get rides for their kids. 

Plain and simple, there are walkers, and they shouldn't be walking in that weather. the school needs to account for that. It's a safety issue. 

Quoting JenB1983: Then their parents can take them to school. Or they need to have something coordinated with other parents to car pool.

You accept the responsibility of getting your child to school if you live in an area that doesn't get bussing,

Quoting imthatgirl0607:

Kids shouldnt be walkig to school in that. 






imthatgirl0607
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:15 AM

The OPs school is clearly different, kids do walk and don't have the option for the bus. 

Quoting my4kidsrock2: The two hour delay didn't do much good. Instead of -4 when the kids got on the bus it was -2. Plus our district doesn't have any walk zones. Every child, even if they live next door to the school, has the option of riding the bus. So there aren't a bunch of kids walking to school in the cold. So, imo, the two hour delay was pretty much pointless.

Quoting imthatgirl0607:

And thats exactly what a school district should do. They should think about the safety of their students. 

Quoting Anonymous: I'm also in northern Indiana. We actually had a two hour delay yesterday, which really surprised me, our district usually doesn't close or delay for anything.



It was nice because I have a nasty cold and I think I have strep throat so the extra two hours of sleep was really great, Lol. But aside from that I didn't see what the big deal was. We bundle up and go out at the very last minute so my 6 year old doesn't even have time to get cold while waiting for the bus.



JenB1983
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Lol, I stated in the OP that I drive my children to school....... So I'm not sure what I was supposed to answer?

If I lived in a walking area; I would have either driven my children to school, or used my back up plan(BFF drives right near my house taking her kids to the same school), or, if I felt that strongly about it, kept my children home.

However, the weather wasn't THAT bad.


Quoting Anonymous:

 Right I agree You havent answered my question yet did you drive  your kids or wait at the bus stop? Some parents God forbid doesnt have any other resources. Wow again !!!!!!!!!


Quoting JenB1983: Then their parents can take them to school. Or they need to have something coordinated with other parents to car pool.

You accept the responsibility of getting your child to school if you live in an area that doesn't get bussing,


Quoting imthatgirl0607:

Kids shouldnt be walkig to school in that. 


 

JenB1983
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM
She's in Jacksonville, and has lived there for 10 years now. Her kids are in for a shock when her hubby brings them up after Christmas. Lol. She's got me keeping an eye out at Goodwill for snow gear. :-P

Quoting SpiritedWitch:

That's where I am! The foothills of the Blue Ridge. 

Quoting JenB1983: Lol, my sister lives in NC now and is looking at moving back up here next summer. She's not excited about winters again.



Quoting SpiritedWitch:

Mental note to self: 

NEVER move to Indiana!!! 

I'll keep my Southern Winters. 

Honey, down here, they call school or at least delay it when there is a THREAT of snow or ice!! I've seen it happen. 


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

And how would you get them to school - the streets around have no parking, no stopping signs up between the hours of 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, you are not allowed in the school parking lot without a pass?  You have three choices walk - drive to a street where you are allowed to park and walk, or pull your children out and they are marked absent for the entire winter.  If you dress appropriate it is not dangerous, just a little inconvenient.

Quoting Anonymous:

I don't care where you live, it is unsafe to allow your kids walk to school in that kind of weather. 

Quoting Anonymous:

As I said in a different post - different climate different reaction.  Heck I would not even bat an eye at those temperatures.  My children know how to dress in the winter, you just need to dress appropriate for the weather.  If we cancelled at a temperature of -16F our schools would not run in the winter.

Quoting Anonymous:

Your school district sounds like it doesn't care about the safety of it's students. I think I would have a hard time sending my kids to that school. 




emsmom21
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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I live in Minnesota and we have had some cold days! A few days ago it was -7 with a wind chill of -25. My kid still had school. If she had to walk to school I would probably have kept her home but I drive her so its not a big deal. They just don't go out for recess or anything.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I'm confused, when did this post become about you?

The op lives in Indiana. So its really just about that. 

Quoting Anonymous:

And how would you get them to school - the streets around have no parking, no stopping signs up between the hours of 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, you are not allowed in the school parking lot without a pass?  You have three choices walk - drive to a street where you are allowed to park and walk, or pull your children out and they are marked absent for the entire winter.  If you dress appropriate it is not dangerous, just a little inconvenient.

Quoting Anonymous:

I don't care where you live, it is unsafe to allow your kids walk to school in that kind of weather. 

Quoting Anonymous:

As I said in a different post - different climate different reaction.  Heck I would not even bat an eye at those temperatures.  My children know how to dress in the winter, you just need to dress appropriate for the weather.  If we cancelled at a temperature of -16F our schools would not run in the winter.

Quoting Anonymous:

Your school district sounds like it doesn't care about the safety of it's students. I think I would have a hard time sending my kids to that school. 





my4kidsrock2
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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Then the parents need to step up and make sure their kids are dressed properly for the weather and/or drive the kids to school. It's not like no one knows it's going to get cold, that's what happens around here and the reason they give a 7 day forecast on the news, so you can be prepared. The next town over from me has a 50% walk zone, my cousin is 12 and walks 4 miles to school, and they didn't even do a delay because they know what to expect and are prepared.

Why should my kids education suffer because a few parents don't have enough sense to be prepared for the weather?

Quoting imthatgirl0607:

The OPs school is clearly different, kids do walk and don't have the option for the bus. 

Quoting my4kidsrock2: The two hour delay didn't do much good. Instead of -4 when the kids got on the bus it was -2. Plus our district doesn't have any walk zones. Every child, even if they live next door to the school, has the option of riding the bus. So there aren't a bunch of kids walking to school in the cold. So, imo, the two hour delay was pretty much pointless.



Quoting imthatgirl0607:

And thats exactly what a school district should do. They should think about the safety of their students. 

Quoting Anonymous: I'm also in northern Indiana. We actually had a two hour delay yesterday, which really surprised me, our district usually doesn't close or delay for anything.





It was nice because I have a nasty cold and I think I have strep throat so the extra two hours of sleep was really great, Lol. But aside from that I didn't see what the big deal was. We bundle up and go out at the very last minute so my 6 year old doesn't even have time to get cold while waiting for the bus.



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