Monday, January 24, 2011

Was It REALLY Necessary To Close School Today?

  
In past years, school remained open on days with colder temps, lower windchills & whiteout conditions! Today, the roads were clear and the sun shone most of the day!

WHEC-TV reports: "A spokesman for the Greece superintendent said the decision to close was based purely on temperature and wind chill and concern for kids who have to walk to school.

Greece has 1,000 walkers. They bus all pre-schoolers through fifth grade but kids in sixth through eighth grade are bused only if they live more than a mile from school and high school students -- it's a mile and-a-half."

SCATS ~~ All 1,000 so called "walkers" are in grades 6 through 12 and many of them do NOT walk!  There are hundreds of high school students driving to school daily throughout this district. There are hundreds of middle school students getting rides to and from school with parents. The two things we can learn from the news reported above today are:

1 - TOO MANY GREECE STUDENTS ARE RIDING BUSES in grades 1-5.

2 - THE FEW KIDS WHO MUST WALK TO SCHOOL caused everyone to lose a day of instruction.

  

25 comments:

Katrina said...

Pre Schoolers don't have buses!!!! Parents have to drive them back and forth too!!!

SCATS said...

To Katrina~~ Now that you mention it, bussing for them was supposedly axed in the budget for this year. Apparently GCSD's spokesperson can't keep on with what's in or out of a budget that was completed last Fall. Let's fire her for incompetence and save some money.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, let's face it - this is a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. The Superintendent can never win these battles. I know that NYSED has a threshold (as does the Dept. of Health) regarding wind chill factors and when schools should "consider" closing and when they "must" close. If your kid was one of the "must walk" individuals, my bet is you would be really happy with this decision. But, then again, you like stirring the pot of controversy so maybe I'm wrong on that point.
Either way, when you are responsible for making decisions such as this that are so easy to Monday morning quarterback.....let us all know how you do.
Stay warm!!

Anonymous said...

....and you would %^$@#!@# if they had not closed!

SCATS said...

To 7:29PM ~~ MOST Monroe County districts had school today. MOST Greece kids get buses. MOST roads were clear. The Town of Greece even plowed the sidewalks last night.
THE DECISION TO CLOSE SCHOOL TODAY WAS THE WRONG CALL. Period.

Anonymous said...

I basically agree with 7:29, no matter what someone will complain. That said, it's freakin hilarious that a district spokesperson didn't realize the pre-k kids no longer get bussed.

Anonymous said...

Wrong. Period. According to.....whom? YOU? Okay, I forgot, you are the "voice of Greece"......Well, I for one am a Greece resident and I happen to agree with the decision. So, using YOUR tactic of being able to speak for the masses, I say...the decision to close today was right. Period.
Who cares what the rest of the schools in Monroe County did? We don't live there. As you so often say - if you like those decisions better - move.

Anonymous said...

One more wasted day academically. How many more won't graduate this year? Why don't we just keep schools closed all of the time? Give them tests on the final day and see how it all shakes out. Greece is a joke!

SCATS said...

To 9:06PM ~~ You don't live in Monroe County??? I hate to let you in on this little secret, but Greece is IN MONROE COUNTY ;)

By the way, I'm not the one who tells people to move. It's what the uninformed tell me to do, like you just did. Two strikes in one comment ... way to go!

Anonymous said...

It's the parents fault!!

Anonymous said...

SCATS - as I learned from you...read for information. I said who cares what the "rest of the schools in Monroe County" did...."we don't live there" -- meaning the rest of the schools in the county. Yes, I should have been more clear for someone so skilled at spinning words for their own benefit.

AND...YOU HAVE told people to move. I wish I had the kind of time you do to review every single post that people have made that you disagree with or that have proven you wrong so that I could provide an example of when you have done exactly that. Alas, I must get to work -- and leave you to your bashing of just about every single thing that happens in this town. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Hey SCATS...hard to concentrate at 1:19am? What 9:06 clearly meant was that they don't live in the other school districts within Monroe County. Just Greece.
Take a deep breath before doing a Gotcha!

Anonymous said...

Yes, of course closing school on a day where the weather wasn't all that bad will surely help Greece climb out of the academic gutter it's fallen into. But then people like 10:09 don't want to hear how we compare to the other dozen-and-a-half schools in the county. Keep your heads buried and vote yes on another budget that fails to address the real fiscal troubles plaguing Greece. It's time to move out from this swamp!

Anonymous said...

i know most kids get the bus, but when the wind chill factor is that low in the morning, i didn't want my kids standing out at the bus stop regardless. they say five minutes of exposure at the temperature can lead to frostbite. better to be safe then sorry.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of weaklings Greece residents have become! Schools stayed opened with much lower windchills not that many years ago. The reason: Greece buses all elementary kids! And those kids get door to door pickup in most cases.

Don't forget, the windchill calculations changed not that long ago, so what is 20 below now used to be lower in the past. Wusses!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Scats, I usually agree with you but with the temp at -10 (on my unofficial car thermometer) at 7:30 at Long Pond and English Rd) and the wind chill close to minus 20, I think closing the school, or at least delaying it was justified. Not sure with all the bussing if Greece can even "do a delayed opening".

Anonymous said...

This really is another tail wagging the dog situation. School shutdown for the few to the detriment of the masses. Another day of lost instruction in a district with the shortest school day and year. We deserve last place.

Anonymous said...

I remember years gone by with much worse conditions where school stayed open. I agree that closing it Monday was probably the wrong call. The kids just had a 3 day weekend last week. There's so little continuity in their schooling now that taking away another day unnecessarily will likely hurt more than it helps. The sun was out and roads were clean. I'm with Scats on this one.

Anonymous said...

The library was very busy. Not all was lost.

SCATS said...

I'd be inclined to change my position in the future IF Greece began making some elementary students walk to school once again again (as they did in the past) AND stopped the door-to-door bus service that continues in most of the town AND begins using more centralized bus stops. Until then, the whining by a small group of parents who represent the "tail wagging the dog" as referenced by 12:23PM today, need to find some better way to helicopter around their kids. I'll bet they didn't make Johnny or Jenny do anything educational yesterday, did they?

CONSIDER THIS THREAD CLOSED ;)

Anonymous said...

This is all foolishness. The kids will get the mandated number of days of school. They shouldn't have 1000 of them out in that wind chill just because our grandparents did and SCATS says so. It is not the same world now as it was then, with all the willy-wavers, texting drivers and drug dealers out there, it is not safe to have elementary school kids out in the open. And finally, if they had left the schools open SCATS would have bitched about that.

Anonymous said...

There are walkers at Buckman Heights and Longridge, are those not elementary schools?

SCATS said...

To 4:08PM ~~ Not according to the powers that be that told WHEC that all elementary kids get bussed ;)

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that students in the primary grades (K-2) are not able to walk to school. Students in grades 3-5 do walk depending on the distance. I am not sure what the distance requirement is. I would say MOST of these kids do wait at bus stops. If the kids were properly dressed, I am sure that it would have been fine for them to wait for a short time at their bus stops. However, many students do go to school daily without hats, gloves, and scarves.

SCATS said...

To 2:12PM ~~ Despite your clairvoyant talents regarding what I do, you still have to work, I bet ;)

To 7:29PM ~~ We give them free lunches. It's up to the parents to dress them.