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Why I can’t stand 2-hour school delays — FranklyStein

This has been the winter of two-hour delays. I don’t think there’s been a week since Christmas break that schools haven’t gone in late because of weather. And while I am a lover of snow, I am not a fan of the two-hour delay.

In our house, the phones start ringing at 5:30 a.m. when there’s a school delay or closing. I say “phones” because somewhere along the way, I must have typed in all of our numbers for school notifications. So first the home phone rings, then the cell phone, then the text comes in, then my husband’s phone rings — not in that particular order.

But that’s just the first school. I have four kids in three different schools this year, so snow days are an endless stream of alerts. The next round of calls comes in around 6 a.m. and the last round, between 6:15 and 6:30. I even got a text from the Y yesterday at 6:45 p.m. stating that classes before 10 were cancelled. By that point, there was no hope of going back to sleep.

Most of the “weather events” this year have fallen on Mondays or Tuesdays. These are days I to go to work. A 2-hour delay means the last kid doesn’t start school until 10:30 a.m., so I don’t get to work until 10:45. I’m lucky my job is flexible! But by the time I get settled in, it’s almost lunchtime. And it’s not like the schools keep the kids two hours longer on these days — although after this year, I really think they should consider it.

The only upside of the two-hour delay is that those hours don’t have to be made up in the spring. I guess it doesn’t matter that they’ve totaled more than a school day in delays so far this year. It also gives schools time to reassess their decisions. And in the event that school is eventually cancelled — that means another round of calls, texts, emails on every phone in the house starting at 7:30 a.m. — just when I might have finally started dozing back to sleep.

Spring can’t come soon enough.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.



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