Ration the milk and eggs. Another snow day Tuesday.

These buses will be staying put Tuesday as metro schools close for a second day. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

These buses will be staying put Tuesday as metro schools close for a second day. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

It’s official.

No school tomorrow for DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, Paulding, Forsyth, Rockdale, Newton, Bartow, and Carroll Counties, along with Marietta, Buford, Gainesville city schools.

The University of Georgia will also be closed. Georgia Tech and Georgia State officials are expected to make announcements later Monday afternoon.

Doesn’t this mean an extra day tacked onto the end of the year for some districts?

My sixth grader is thrilled with the possible second day off — we just received the official robo call at 4:46 p.m. that we are off tomorrow as well in Decatur  — as he wants to stay up for the Auburn-Oregon came. He is rooting for the Ducks. I am rooting for warm weather and melted ice by Wednesday.

–Maureen Downey, AJC Get Schooled blog

35 comments Add your comment

Mary

January 10th, 2011
4:35 pm

This seems like a no-brainer at this point. I just read the other blog about late calls on school closings. What could they (the Supes) possibly be waiting for this time? It’s clear that the roads won’t be safe for general traffic in the am. My child is still at a day care center, but there is no way I’d put her on a school bus tomorrow even if they were available.

Middle Grades Math Teacher

January 10th, 2011
4:41 pm

I am probably in a minority here, but I’d prefer to see make up days taken care of BEFORE CRCT. I’m enjoying the days off, but I have a lot of teaching to do! I don’t think it could be done because that would mean taking days off of break weeks.

Maybe CRCT could be pushed back a week under the circumstances? We need all the teaching days we can get before that time.

Chrome Gouda

January 10th, 2011
4:46 pm

Why did they call it so early?

knock out punch

January 10th, 2011
4:47 pm

Middle Grades MT, I agree…..To tack the days on the end is pointless, since we have taught everything the kids need for the CRCT anyway. One of my colleagues suggested that one way to make up the time if we go beyond our two alloted days is to tack some time on at the end of each day…..Seems to me to be the most cost effective way to handle things, especially since the buses will have to be at the schools anyway….that way, we don’t add extra days.

ABC

January 10th, 2011
4:49 pm

Maybe Cobb Co will get rid of that ridiculous Feb break now.

justin

January 10th, 2011
4:50 pm

@ Chrome,

Isn’t it obvious? They read this blog … NOT.

I think it is still obvious that the DOT cannot handle the situation sufficiently to make driving safe – particularly secondary (and neighborhood) streets in time. By tomorrow afternoon, you will see a lot more people start driving (and getting in trouble) and that can potentially help clear some of the streets a bit.

Cobb History Teacher

January 10th, 2011
4:50 pm

Early? Unless some exceptionally warm weather comes in it’ll still be frozen in the am. No sense making the kids get up only to be told go back to bed.

Larry Major

January 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

Gwinnett still has one makeup day left in April.

irisheyes

January 10th, 2011
4:54 pm

Well, hopefully this early call will make some of the parents happy. I doubt it, though.

Maureen, I’m happy I can stay up to watch the game too! Don’t have a rooting interest, but I’m interested in watching both teams. It should be a good game.

Maureen Downey

January 10th, 2011
4:59 pm

@Larry, Is that after today and tomorrow?
Maureen

Larry Major

January 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

Um, make GCPS’ last makeup day in May. Must have been all that “milk” I horded before the storm.

Yes, there were three makeup days in the beginning of 2011.

MsCrabtree

January 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

Cancel the February break.

get real

January 10th, 2011
5:19 pm

ABC…do you realize other school systems, not just Cobb, have the February break? We’ve always had a break at President’s Weekend, it was just extended this year. MsCrabtree, what about the cruises, ski trips, etc. that have already been paid for? The reason calendars are released early are so people can plan their lives around school. There’s a teacher work day March 18 and an early release day in February that could be changed to make up some time.

Just wondering...

January 10th, 2011
5:27 pm

I’m wondering why we never had the Feb break earlier, to be honest. Growing up in the north, we always had a Feb break – and we still managed to start school after Labor Day.

Cobb Teacher 2

January 10th, 2011
5:40 pm

Folks, read the news! Cobb has four days built into the calendar this year. All is going to be ok!

2011 grad

January 10th, 2011
5:47 pm

To tack the days on the end is pointless, since we have taught everything the kids need for the CRCT anyway. — knock out punch

Is the CRCT all that matters? You know, teachers could actually spend that time teaching something to their students, even if it isn’t for a state mandated test.

An American Patriot

January 10th, 2011
5:53 pm

Bunch of Namby-Pambys. When I was a kid, we walked to school even when it snowed :)

Write Your Board Members

January 10th, 2011
6:09 pm

American Patriot

Uphill in the snow, both ways, three miles, even in May — right — ME TOO!

oldtimer

January 10th, 2011
6:25 pm

WAR EAGLE! I hope your kids enjoy another day.

Rick

January 10th, 2011
6:28 pm

Just Wondering – I have always heard that up north school did not start until after Labor Day, finished before Memorial Day, had 2 weeks at Christmas, a week at Thanksgiving, a week in the spring and a week in February. How did you get 180 days of school done? Maybe they are not as smart as they think up there.

Below the City

January 10th, 2011
6:30 pm

@ 2011 Grad -”Is the CRCT all that matters? You know, teachers could actually spend that time teaching something to their students, even if it isn’t for a state mandated test”

oldtimer

January 10th, 2011
6:32 pm

The state of GA has never made (since snow-jam ‘82) students make up 3 day. Teachers do, but not kids. Then they build in a few days. In Tn where I move 3 years ago, the schools add 13 days by adding 15-20 minutes per day all year. It works well. If you do not miss any days you just work more. It is pointless to add days afteer testing. Another thing here. Gateway (graduation) tests and end of course test are given in May and we have scores back in one week! Amazing what good use of technology can do.

oldtimer

January 10th, 2011
6:34 pm

I will add after testing they do nothing in any school in the county! What a waste…..Most kids do not go and many teachers do not take role..I don’t get it. I planned a neat two week fun kind of unit and could not really do it for all the attendance issues. Everyone else showed movies!

another comment

January 10th, 2011
6:40 pm

I went to school in the snow belt of Buffalo we missed alll but one day in Februray of 1977, with the blizzard of 1977. I beleive we only had to go about a week to ten days longer to school in June, not the whole month. That was my junior year of high school, the year I had the mandatory Regents exams. They did not shift the Regent exam date for the Western part of the state. I still got the highest grade on the Social Studies part of the Regent’s Exam despite missing the whole month of school. By the way, the snow was up to our roof top of a single story house, that time and came down in record time.

another comment

January 10th, 2011
6:54 pm

The fact is all of these school supt. need to just go ahead and close the schools until the snow and ice melt. The schools in metro Atlanta are not opening anytime soon, when 285, 75, 85, 20, have not been cleared after 22 hours. The crews haven’t touched any secondary streets, so how on earth are any kids going to get to school. Atlanta was bragging before the storm that they had 11 trucks ready to go. That is right Mayor Reed, you only had 6 trucks last winter, pathatic. To give an example of what is needed, it takes my brother 1 hour every morning to plow 4-6 ” of snow from a 45 home private community in Western New York State, sometimes he has to do this a couple of times a day. But that is the resources it takes just to keep the main community streets clear, not the individual parking areas clear.

Veteran teacher, 2

January 10th, 2011
7:05 pm

I don’t think we will go all week. The road in front of my house is still a sheet of ice 4″ thick.

ScienceTeacher671 at gmail.com

January 10th, 2011
7:20 pm

Maybe if elementary and middle grades teachers would keep teaching after the sub-minimal competency CRCT test, the students wouldn’t have as much trouble passing the following year?

Maybe it’s a failure of administrative leadership, but at our school, we’re expected to teach from the first day until the last day — and there’s certainly plenty for the students to learn. Maybe that’s the time to teach the things you think the students really ought to know but “didn’t have time to teach them because we had to do all this test prep stuff”?

catlady

January 10th, 2011
7:31 pm

Our kids have missed 5 days so far (or is it 7?). We have lost “winter break”. We already teach (and I do mean teach) 75 minutes per week more than the state requires, but never get the “credit” for the “extra” days put in. In addition, we get our days of pay cut, while working more. We will be out the rest of the week, I fear. Since we provide door to door pickup all over this large rural county which has many unpaved roads (and few roads that get any service), it will take a while.

Just wondering...

January 10th, 2011
7:57 pm

Ha ha, Rick – I can only speak for the two town districts I went to (both in MA – we don’t have these huge county districts up there). We started the first Wednesday after Labor Day, had Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day off, then had a half-day the day before Thanksgiving – no week off there. We had about a week off at Christmas, depending on what day Christmas fell on. Worst was when it fell on a Wednesday – we had a half-day on the Tuesday the 24th, and were back at school on Thursday the 2nd! Best was Tuesday or Thursday, as they didn’t open the school for either Monday the 24th or Friday the 2nd. We had MLK Day off – this was in the late 70s early 80s – brand new. We had the week in February and April, but we were never out by Memorial Day (we had it off though). Depending on snow days, which were tacked on at the end of the year, we got out the third week of June, sometimes the fourth. I’ll never forget – in one district the snow make-up days were in red (red letter days, lol) at the end of the calender. As exciting as a snow day was, I knew it pushed that last day of school up one. I just looked at both calendars (ah, the magic of the internet for a curious soul), and they are both pretty much the same. When my daughter first started school here in ‘92, I couldn’t believe we didn’t have a February break – I have always thought two weeks at Christmas is a little too long.

oldtimer

January 10th, 2011
9:03 pm

We love our Christmas break. Many people here travel and see family. If we had school no one would come…

AJinCobb

January 10th, 2011
10:12 pm

Thanks, “get real”. As a Cobb parent, I didn’t trust the new calendar initially – there was so much opposition to it, so we cautiously didn’t plan to do anything during the September break. But by Christmas, we figured the calendar for this school year was surely here to stay, and would provide a very welcome opportunity to visit Orlando attractions when they might be a little less packed with visitors. So spouse and I both arranged a couple of days off from our jobs, then we bought theme park passes at Costco and made a hotel reservation in Orlando. People who write “let’s cancel that ridiculous February break” do indeed need to get real about how real families manage their lives.

Private School Guy

January 11th, 2011
12:10 am

The situation is just going to get worse. The ice is covering too many streets and is too thick to be broken up by car tires. MARTA can’t even run buses. This problem is not even going to start to go away until the weekend. The last thing we need is people driving before dawn to get their kids to school. Students should stay home, read, study and exercise. If they do this they’ll come back to school ready to learn and maybe even be smarter for all this.
The root of this problem is Atlanta being totally dependent on cars and that the city is not built on a human scale. Almost nothing can be done here without a car.

What's best for kids?

January 11th, 2011
7:12 am

another comment: here in Georgia, we get snow like this about every 10 years. It’s inconvenient, but I don’t think that we need the snowplows of NY when this type of snow occurs every three decades or so.

Roy

January 11th, 2011
9:15 am

Justin, has it right. The GDOT is not capable of doing their jobs. Look at the dismal failure with the XMAS snow and now this. I have been driving daily into Atlanta for over 40 years and I have never seen the roads this bad on day two of a storm before. Deal clearly needs two remove the top two layers of political appointees at GDOT and find some capable works to put in their place.

Redbull

January 11th, 2011
10:05 am

Coming from Ohio I like that people stay home on days like these. Back home, as a child, we almost never got a school closing. We froze waiting on the bus, we froze walking, everyones cars were rusted from salt dumped on the roads or dented. It took hours to get to work, lots of folks got stranded, etc. I think it makes sense to stay home during an event that only comes every 5-10 years. And trust me, those kids aren’t learning any less missing two days of school. Relax folks and enjoy the break.