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School Closing Contingencies In Anne Arundel County

| January 17, 2011, 05:27 PM | 6 Comments

The following message is from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools in anticipation of a possible delay or closing of schools toimorrow:

As stipulated in the Board-approved calendar, IF schools open two hours late tomorrow, the school day will shift and students will report two hours later than normal but will dismiss at their regular time. All half-day sessions of prekindergarten and ECI will be canceled, but full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten classes will take place.

If schools are CLOSED tomorrow, the school calendar shifts by one day to allow for four consecutive days of end-of-semester tests for high school students. IF this occurs, the semester break would be shifted to January 25 and 26.

Parents will receive a Connect-ED phone call tomorrow morning if schools are delayed or closed, and the information will also be provided to local media outlets.

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  1. Burren47 says:

    So, is the school district going to require actual precipitation to close the schools this time?

  2. LCBrown says:

    I really wish people would stop complaining about school closing decisions. We have a wide spread county which can experience a variety of conditions. Just because the road in front of your house is fine, does not mean that it isn’t dangerous elsewhere. Also, we have HS students at bus stops at 6:40am, and ES students not leaving school until after 4pm. These complainers all seem to remember walking in 2 ft of snow uphill (both ways!) as children. Children are traveling farther distances to school, and our roads are more congested.

  3. Burren47 says:

    Leroy, I respectfully disagree with your position. Although we are not Syracuse or Buffalo when it comes to snow, we are not nestled in the Deep South, either. We are well-equiped to quickly move snow, last year’s mega-storms, notwithstanding. Of course it is easy to second-guess after the fact the decision to call school or open late, but at what point does common sense prevail? The slightest of dustings elecits the knee-jerk reaction to open late or close. “Danger” may be a subjective term, but again, can we be reasonable? I also am curious as to why you say children are travelling further distances to school. As a county, we have certainly become more congested, but the county size hasn’t changed, so why would kids be travelling farther distances? And maybe the roads are more congested, but the higher tax base means that we have much more snow equipment than we used to have.

  4. Gary says:

    I completely agree with LCBrown we’re forgetting one thing ice is unforgiving… Our kids have to walk on sidewalks which are not clear, which means some of them will talk near the streets or on them… My child safety is worth more to me than a day off… I see the point thats being made because the snow is gone off the roads and the streets are clear and the kids are home SAFE but all this could be a whole different story if our kids were stuck out in the street on some bus because of an accident or walking home in some storm… let it be the kids are home they are SAFE and I’m happy for them. The school will be there… On a lighter side snow days are for kids “remember when you were a child.” Heck I know some adults who too wish it would snow for the day off… Enjoy the day with your kids snowball fight anyone…

  5. burren47 says:

    Gary,

    I understand about erring on the side of caution, but there gets to be a point when it is ridiculous. This school closings do not occur nearly as frequently in neighboring states that receive much more snow or ice. It just doesn’t happen. Last year, the sidewalks were blocked for more than a week. I was disgusted with the county for not getting the job done, but I agreed that it was unsafe for the kids to walk in the street. We are now at the point that we feel that our children will spontaneously combust if they even get near ice. They’ll be fine. Either let’s stop overreacting or just take the final step and wrap our kids in bubble-wrap and force them to wear helmets at all times.

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