Finally! Finally, we made it back to school, the high school kids were able to finish their exams and we'll be able to start the second semester tomorrow...8 days late.
I was beginning to wonder if we'd make it because just about every other county around us canceled and had another snow day (and many are cancelling already for tomorrow as well) but we went ahead and went. I won't make any criticisms regarding the roads - I live in town where the roads aren't as hilly or twisty and they tend to get cleared and plowed before the county roads do. For all I know, there's county roads under two inches of ice. But we went ahead and had school (thank goodness), and we'll be making up our extra snow day on Monday, MLK day.
One thing that has always perplexed me is how rarely we use delays. When I taught Up North we used delays all the time. The district would announce a two hour delay, which gave everyone a chance to see better in the daylight, and if the roads were still dangerous, they'd cancel for the day. However, a lot of times that two hour delay was all the time we needed for the roads to begin to clear up, especially on a sunny day where the morning sun could begin the job of melting. True, our classes were shorter, but we weren't having to make up so many snow days.
Down here, at least in my district, delays are rare. And what's even stranger (and this just makes absolutely no freaking sense to me at all) is that even if we are on a delay, faculty and staff sill have to report at the regular time. Which is two hours before the kids come in, assuming we're on a delay. So, if the roads are too bad for buses, how come they aren't too bad for employees? After all, supposedly, the whole issue is safety - we don't run buses when the roads are unsafe. So why should the school employees get out on these dangerous roads to get to school? And then, if it was eventually decided that we needed to go ahead and cancel school, (because the roads are unsafe) we then have to dismiss all the employees that went ahead and showed up and send them back out on dangerous roads.
Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Ideally? Everyone reports two hours late...and that way, if it's decided that a cancellation is in order, there's no one to send back home. And if the delay is all we need, we'd get in our scheduled day.
But hey, no one asks for my opinion. I just give it.