Good Call to Close Schools - 01/06/14
It's Monday night but parents in a number of middle Tennessee counties already know their children won't be in class on Tuesday. Metro Nashville Public Schools were the first to pull the plug. Friday It cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of daytime highs in the teens. Several other school systems followed over the weekend beginning with Sumner County which cancelled classes for Monday and early Monday announced plans to keep schools closed Tuesday as well.
This sort of thing doesn't happen often in middle Tennessee. It has been three years since metro schools cancelled classes like this. I say hats off to school officials for making the call and for handling cancellations in the manner they did. It is absolutely the right decision not to put children, some of whom don't own proper coats, gloves or hats, on the street waiting for a bus when the temperatures are in the single digits. Children could suffer frostbite. It's simply not worth the risk.
I also want to tip my hat to schools for making the decision in a timely manner so parents who work have time to make arrangements for the care of their children during these cold days. We don't generally have difficult Winters in middle Tennessee. Our kids can easily make these days up.
Newsgathering organizations are quick to share criticism when government agencies like our schools do it wrong. They deserve a quick pat on the back in my opinion for getting this call right.