As of Thursday night Gwinnett County schools were set to be in session on Friday, and Gwinnett moms were typing up their own storm on Facebook discussing whether their kids/teens should be on the roads and if they chose to keep their kids/teens home should it be an excused absence.
Parents who had teenagers driving themselves to school were especially concerned. Many of the high school students leave for school while it’s still dark out making streets with icy patches even more difficult to navigate. One mom wrote that she had gone on a test drive with her son and found it be very icy.They turned around to head home. She was very concerned about him driving himself to school. Another mom seemed resolved to have her daughter check in late after the sun had melted some of the ice.
Apparently in high school, the unexcused absences have more serious consequences. The moms were writing on Facebook that if you had more than three unexcused absences I believe, then the students would have to take exams no matter what their grade. (Can a Gwinnett mom or teacher confirm if that is accurate. I looked in the handbook online and didn’t find that information.)
If you know your neighborhood still has icy patches should it be up to your discretion to say “my kids are not coming, it’s just not safe”? Should that be an excused absence? Is checking in a good compromise for parents who are worried?