Wide ranging views on Va. school closings
Yesterday, Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier and Spotsylvania counties made the controversial decision to close schools despite just 0.5-1" of snow. Lots of people had opinions on the matter that they expressed on this blog as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Here are some of the most convincing arguments...
It was the right decision...
TPMonkey (via Twitter): I live in PWC [Prince William county] and locked up the breaks twice on ice at 8:30 [AM] so I say good call.
Debbie Taylor Roulier (via Facebook): In our area of Eastern PWC the roads were solid sheets of ice. Sidewalks as well. Our street was never visited by VDOT. Daughter said it was between 1:00 and 2:00 before our street cleared up. . . . Anyone who could walk in heels today, good for you. It wasn't happening in my neighborhood, it wasn't happening at my 7y/o son's daycare, and it wasn't happening at my office at Belvoir. This is one time when I have to say PWC got it right
It was the wrong decision...
TR_80: I live in Spotsylvania County and the closing was completely uncalled for. The roads were not bad at 6am so I would assume by 8 they would be clear or okay have a 2 hr Delay. But they close the schools to fast down here. Now I am lucky I have very dependable before/after care that is open when the schools over react. But what about the Parents that don't. This was another EPIC Fail by the schools.
rwalker66: It is completely ridiculous that some school systems closed today. This just cements the idea that we are weather wimps around here...and it's getting worse each year. Because the schools closed, half the employees at my company didn't show up today.
mudbucket: I live in rural Fauquier. At 9:00 a.m. our road was snow covered, not treated with anything, and it was 22 degrees out. A two hour delay means there are kids getting on the bus at 8:00 a.m.(buses leave the garage well before that) when the sun is still pretty low in the sky and not hitting pavement in many areas. That's not to say that buses couldn't have made it but what official wants to risk it? Glad I don't have to make that call.
wroberts1970: Well all I know is I live one block from a school and this morning Lake Ridge (Westview Ridge specifically) in Woodbridge was a sheet of ice in front, around and entry into this subdivision. NOT ONE SPECK OF SALT anywhere! Cars couldn't make it out of the main road and were slipping all over the place.
Changed his mind...
Not from CWG, but meteorologist Howard Bernstein of WUSA-TV9 who yesterday suggested schools closed unnecessarily, re-assessed his views in a compelling blog post today. He concluded:
As is the case in most areas of the country that have winter weather on a regular basis, I had assumed that the road crews would treat the roads with salt, the ice would melt and all would be better in a short period of time. Boy, was I wrong! Many roads were never treated and therefore, that snow was driven on and compressed into a thin sheet of ice. With temperatures that remained below freezing most of the day and no salt, the ice stuck around. The school administrators clearly made the right choice given the lack of road salt.
I'm with Howard on this one...
| February 11, 2011; 11:30 AM ET
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