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Letter to the Editor: Safety first

— 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.

Jackie Deckard

The Dalles

Comments

tschroeder 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Jackie~ 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. 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.

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