I grew up in the upper Midwest but now live near DC. The schools were right to close today for several reasons including:
1. Tens of thousands of students do not own winter boots, an unneeded expense when children grow quickly and it seldom snows.
2. Sidewalks are not shoveled so these children would end up walking on the roads.
3. This was a snow, then ice, then rain, storm, which is tricky for many southern and foreign drivers to handle.
4. About five snow/hurricane/whatever days are built into the schedule to facilitate closure in dicey conditions.
5. There are an unbelievable number of lawyers around here, most of them eager to sue at the drop of a hat - or whenever anyone slips and falls on the ice.
Besides which, kids who attend private school in DC could very well live in farflung parts of MD and VA. My son goes to Gonzaga in DC, it was called off today [we live near Vienna in VA]. They go by Montgomery Co. Most of the private schools go by the policy of one of the surrounding counties, like fairfax or montgomery co, because it’s not like a neighborhood school where they all live near the school.
All are true. In Chicago (the city proper esp’ly) we do not have winding and sloping backroads that buses have to make their way upon.
But sometimes school has been cancelled here when a few inches of snow was *predicted* in the afternoon, and then didn’t happen.
But buses and school issues aside — rain or snow, the drivers in this area are clueless.
And this was satire. Twas more a poke at knee-jerk P.C.-ness than anything.