Last night at 7:o6, I received this reader note about why the big school systems had not yet officially closed schools. The automated telephone alert notifying me that my local schools would be closed came at 8:45 p.m Sunday. (Just checked my cell phone to make sure of the time.)
But I had assumed all day that my kids would not have school because the weather reports were so dire and everything was closing.
Did some systems wait to the last minute to inform parents? It seemed clear from weather reports that the decision to close schools could have been made by midday as it was in many systems.
Here is the reader note:
The Governor has declared a state of emergency, the GA Dep’t of Transportation has asked everyone to stay off the roads. Am I the only one that thinks it is bizarre that all school systems except those in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale have announced they will be closed tomorrow? I cannot comprehend the delay. Families and employees need to make arrangements for tomorrow.
Is this a game of chicken with everyone waiting for someone else to make the first move? Is it collusion in an exercise of absolute stupidity and insensitivity? What is the delay? Everyone knows the roads will be hazardous tomorrow.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog