Of course, it is not just Lakewood’s roads that become more hazardous – all roads receiving snowfall become precarious to drive on. In order to alleviate people’s commutes, the State generally declares a state of emergency and public schools and government offices are shuttered well in advance of any precipitation.
The question is why Lakewood’s private schools never seem to do the same. I feel like every time we have significant snowfall, our schools wait until the last moment to either cancel school or dismiss their students early, creating complete havoc on the roads and chaos in households as parents hastily redo their entire schedules based upon the suddenly announced changes.
If there is any time that we should make sure that the roads are as clear as possible, is during a snowstorm. Obvious, right? Well, apparently not to everyone. Because when parents are not made aware in advance of when their child will be dismissed, there is no way for people to make a proper decision whether they should be on the roads or not. And when the kids are dismissed early on very short notice, there is a sudden, massive spike in accidents. No wonder why that is.
A second, related point to this, is that if it is expected that there will be enough snowfall to possibly cause buses to be cancelled, then schools should be cancelled for the day. Yes, we want our children to get as much education as possible, but at what cost? Was that one more day of sitting in a classroom really worth the literally dozens of accidents and injuries R”L all around our town? I’m no educator, but I highly doubt it.
I believe schools should create clear protocols for how snow days will be approached and that protocol be clearly explained to the parents. It isn’t necessary for all of us to be driven up a wall and down a slippery street to have our children in school. Each and every school should make parents aware far in advance of a coming storm, what their plan of action is. Schools telling parents twenty minutes before they flip everyone’s schedule on their head is not acceptable. It causes mayhem on the roads, turmoil in homes, and a whole lot of confusion.
I can’t say this is true for all schools, but I know that multiple schools yesterday had parents send their kids off, telling them “we’ll play it by ear” whether they will receive early dismissal. Sorry, but I can’t schedule my day or my employment “by ear”. I need a concrete, or at least somewhat firm idea of what your plan is.