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Letter to the Editor: Inconveniance small price to pay

A small price

To the editor:

I felt a need to respond to the letter published on Thursday that called the school district lazy for calling a two hour delay. As a parent of three teenagers, I can certainly understand how this can affect the workday, but the school district is responsible for all children, not just inconveniencing one parent. A decision whether to call for a delay or a school closure is never taken lightly but must be made early in the morning. The buses usually rumble by my house between 6:00 and 6:30 in the morning. The Superintendent probably has to make her decision by at least 5:00 am so the drivers can be notified as well as teachers. I’m not sure what radio station she was listening to, but I heard it on both KODL and KACI radio. Wednesday’s weather was icy due to the freezing rain we had early in the morning, but was expected to warm up later on.

Inconvenience is a small price to pay in order to ensure that each child arrives safely. A car or truck is a whole lot easier to drive than a 55-passenger school bus on an icy road.

The school is responsible only for my children’s education, not being their babysitter.

Nicole Cowart

The Dalles

Comments

tschroeder 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with you 100% on safety being a priority for our children. I think people are missing the point here. Did you drive on the roads that morning or the last morning they made school two hours late? They were very clear. I am very appreciative when the schools take time to investigate the roads and make a good, safe decision on weather our children should be hauled around on the roads per the condition of them, however, my problem is delaying school when there is NO REASON to delay school.
For me personally, the inconvenience of school being on late start is really not that bad since my I can just take my daughter to my office in the morning until it's time to take her to school. However, I was speaking for not only myself, but other frustrated parents who have expressed their opinion to me. I don't use school as a daycare, I spend every possible moment with my daughter, even coaching her sports. ALWAYS SAFETY FIRST! If the roads were bad, just like most parents, I wouldn't want my children on them, but the roads on the last 2 days school was delayed, they simply weren't bad. And the decision, according to the schools website, was made at 4am. A little premature in my opinion. Tonya

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