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Old 02-07-2014, 08:24 AM   #11921
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Apparently everything in the eastern half of MA is closed on Wednesday. Some parts could get up to a foot of snow. It's February people, get used to the idea of winter! I remember when I was a kid and would walk 2 miles to school, uphill...both ways...


One of the main reasons schools close with the snow is insurance. The janitors union does not allow for the members to report to their school too early. So the walks are not cleared in time for the arrivals of the children. If one of the kids fall or get seriously hurt, it will cause the insurance rates to go up. And the reason businesses closing, do you want another Atlanta traffic jam?
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:25 AM   #11922
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:00 AM   #11923
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:02 AM   #11924
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It's 25f/-4C with a light dusting of snow.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:28 AM   #11925
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One of the main reasons schools close with the snow is insurance. The janitors union does not allow for the members to report to their school too early. So the walks are not cleared in time for the arrivals of the children. If one of the kids fall or get seriously hurt, it will cause the insurance rates to go up. And the reason businesses closing, do you want another Atlanta traffic jam?
It always comes down to money, doesn't it?
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:37 AM   #11926
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Personally, I've always found it very hard to slip and fall when knee deep in fresh snow
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:26 PM   #11927
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It always comes down to money, doesn't it?
Well, money is the only way to convince some people. It does have the beneficial effect of fewer injuries. Now you or I would consider that reason enough, but when some school board is being mingy, saving money on insurance is a good reason.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:17 PM   #11928
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Personally, I've always found it very hard to slip and fall when knee deep in fresh snow
But you are not a child and wouldn't be jumping into deep snow. Snow that comes up to your knees, can come up to the shoulders of the smallest kids. And if it is heavy wet snow, that is not a good thing. By the time the kids got to school, they would be soaking wet. Sometimes you have to think like a child and think ahead of the stupid things they do. I'd rather give the kids a day off from school.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:55 PM   #11929
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I was thinking like a child, Addie
When I was a child I never slipped or got hurt walking on sidewalks or roads that were not maintained yet. People slip on ice or hardpack, not the deep stuff. And certainly not a 60 lb kid carrying 15 lbs of books in a knapsack. That's like driving with 200 lbs of sand in your trunk. That kid can go anywhere
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:13 PM   #11930
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In places where it doesn't snow much typically, and there are not enough snowplows to clear the roads, they close the schools because otherwise school buses would get stuck or in accidents. We just wait until it melts enough so they can get through.

It's 39F here. Hm, that's almost tomorrow's high - 40 and showers expected.
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