QUESTION: Schools now regularly cancel class before a snowflake hits the ground, MoDOT tells people not to travel at all and a lot of people forget how to drive in winter weather. Do you think people get too worked up over snow (which is a pretty regular winter event)?
School cancellations a considerate move to parents
Cancelling classes early is considerate. It gives parents more time to make arrangements for daycare or sitters. Some may have to stay home from work to care for their kids and can plan accordingly.
MoDOT may tell people not to travel, but if radio and TV stations offer the same advice they should not air commercials. It’s unfair to advertisers who pay for a message inviting consumers to their business. People still have to get to work, and the media should make them aware of conditions without directions to “stay home.”
While snow is a regular winter event, some storms may be more intense than others. The rain, sleet and snow we’ve had recently is a good example. The weight brought down tree limbs and power lines and the mixture made roads difficult to travel until they could be cleared. This was more than the flurries or light snow to which people are more accustomed.
Would rather schools cancel than kids stay overnight
I'm pleased that schools were closed with enough time to make plans regarding the care of their children before the storm hit.
Many times parents must wait until the morning of the school day, leaving them unprepared. I would rather know my children were where I knew they were safe rather than worry about them getting home riding a school bus on treacherous roads during a snow or icing event.
During the recent storm, sixty kids had to stay overnight at their school because the buses were unable to take them home.
I don't want my child stranded on a bus for hours awaiting rescue during unsafe road conditions. I have a friend who works at a N. Kansas City hospital who was asked to be prepared to stay over night at the hospital because her services would be needed.