Monday, January 24, 2011

Storm of Confusion -- District IS in a Two-Hour Delay

Wow. That was pretty exciting for a Monday morning. Forget the are-we-or-aren't-we-on-a-delay controversy--you should have seen the demolition derby taking shape in the HS school parking lot this morning at 7:45 as parents were rushing to get their children to school and away from school simultaneously. It was a free-for-all!

So, after all has been said and done, we are in a two-hour delay. Hats off to the GSD follower and commenter who initially called for the cold day delay and/or cancellation yesterday. (But put those hats right back on because you're bound to get frostbite.)

Let's re-enact the crime scene: WES robo-calls a delay because of cold buses at 7:10 (all times are approximations), and we're assuming LES and Hancock got in on the act at this point as well. MGRHS robo-calls homes at 7:15 saying buses are struggling and no students should wait outside but school is open. MGRHS two-hour delay appears on Channels 10 and 13 at 7:21, but by this time many students are at the school or on the way there. Students are greeted at the doors of MGRHS and told they have a delay; they immediately call mom and dad on the cell, who promptly pull a u-turn and take their children home for a few hours. And that's where we are now.

I'm sure there are many lessons to be learned from this debacle. Perhaps the district and the bus company should have a set plan in place once the thermometer goes below -10 degrees Fahrenheit or -12 or whatever the magic number is. GSD would hate to see an entire day called off for cold, but had we all known about the extra two hours earlier, everyone could have found a way to adapt and get to school. GSD likes the Lenox plan, which was to offer no bus transportation at all for the morning run but keep school open for its regular hours.

It is what it is. Let's put it behind us and focus on Thursday's storm.


  1. Well I didn't coin Greylock for a dime novel, but this is nuts! I like casualties just as much as the next girl, but I'm glad that heating up will cool down the chaos..'cause I wasted too much time driving back & forth this morning.

    p.s. Check your packet for an SP and a WCC..won't even mention the 1F.
    (Sorry, we forgive you, it's just fun to pick at grammar :P.)

  2. When there is a delay, does that mean we have to make up a full school day at the end of the year or just the two hours?

  3. two hour delays count as a school day. they don't have to be made up. they're like half-days

  4. No, delays don't need to get made up at the end of the year. That's why they're kinda fun. Not the crazy-kind this morning, but more organized delays...

  5. this has been kinda lame like we were there GSD was there we shoulda just had a two-hour party waiting for the bus kids!!

  6. No Robo-call for a delay until 8:30? Ridiculous. MAJOR FAIL.

  7. All the kids that went to school early when the busses didnt come were *Treated* to a breakfast. But realy it was just donuts and juice. and then after like 10 people they ran out of donuts. MAJOR FAIL haha