In response to the recent Commentary by Dan Slattery regarding “Canceling school so quickly has its consequences,” I would like to say thank you to Dan Slattery for saying what many find taboo and add the following comments.
I know the administration will use the excuse that it’s not just the students welfare that they are looking out for, but the teachers that have to travel to school as well.
In rebuttal to that excuse, I offer that like Dan Slattery’s original letter states, we all need to stop treating a few inches of snow as a tragedy. We live in New England.
If I am not mistaken, many if not all school buses have automatic tire chains like ambulances and fire apparatus and should have no difficulty navigating snow-covered roads.
Life goes on, whether it snows or not. Many people like myself are expected and needed at work when it snows because business needs to be attended to no matter what the weather conditions are.
The same goes for teachers, administrators and students. They all have business to attend to and should do so.
I can understand severe weather such as several inches of snow causing the cancellation of school, but calling it off before a flake has fallen is unnecessary and does send the wrong message. It destroys a work ethic that kids are not being taught today.
If they get the idea that an inch of snow is an excuse to take a day off of school, what happens when they get a job?
I went to work that Friday before the blizzard actually hit and roads were fairly clear until 1 or 2 that afternoon.
With the School Messenger system it would have been easy to send out a message Thursday night advising parents that an early dismissal was likely and that parents should be prepared accordingly.
If it really snowed a lot over night, then school could have been canceled in the morning. Calling it off in the afternoon prior to the storm was overkill.
Steve Baranello is a Monroe resident.