As of Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Dalles To the editor:
I just read Tonya Schroeder’s letter from Thursday and what keeps going through my mind is ...WOW. I’m sorry she was inconvenienced by the delayed start of schools on Wednesday. As a parent who also gets my children ready for school then goes to work, it disrupted my morning as well. But the safety of my children, and everyone else’s, is much more important to me. As the daughter of a retired school superintendent, I know the decision to delay or cancel school is not made lightly. Our superintendent likely got very little sleep the night before while checking weather and road reports and trying to make that call. If it is unsafe for my children to be on a school bus on icy roads, I don’t want them on it. I’m glad Ms. Schroeder has never had a problem driving our roads, but she isn’t driving a fully loaded school bus, either.
Our teachers, administrators and support staff, including bus drivers, work extremely hard every day taking care of our kids. I think it is the height of disrespect to suggest they are “lazy” because she was inconvenienced.