Educational Editorial: School closings

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Snow calls! If you ask superintendents who have retired about what they miss the least, they are likely to say, "snow calls and board meetings."

In reality, weather calls are operationally routine with advice from the police, highway department, and school transportation staff. It is all about safety.

Once at 3 a.m. a new superintendent to the area called and asked, "Bill, what is this white stuff on the ground and what do we do with it around here," …so we went through the process.

Another call came from a mother who had been at home with her children for four days. She said, "Mr. Bosher, I am going bonkers with these kids. Can you do something to help me?" I replied, "But they are your children…what do you  want me to do?"

She said, "Suppose you get buses to Eastgate and Willow Lawn, and we will get them there."

"But the schools are closed…what do you want me to do with them?" I said.

"Drive them around," she said, "Drive them around."

Schools are not day care operations…if they are, you are paying to much. If they are educational, you may not be paying enough. School closings are about making sure that safety trumps convenience.

When I had to make a snow call, I knew that it was an important decision; however, I also knew that the most important family decision was "yours."

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