On a recent day, when neighbouring school boards closed schools because of cold weather, Southwest Cincinnati schools opened earlier and stayed open later. In fact, the school day was about 4 hours longer than normal.
Why? As a service to parents and families who had to go to work and had a much longer morning and evening commute due to the weather conditions.
Lots of unknowns here:
- What about the safety of school staff who have to travel in and open the schools?
- Were staff compensated for the extra hours?
- Is it considered a regular school day or simply a day when the school is “babysitting” the students. Based on the video it looks like a normal school day.
- What about the students who don’t attend? Is that an absence?
Perhaps the biggest question is: What is the responsibility of schools to parents and families? In areas where schools are a “safe haven” for students should they be open when students needs them most?
You can read about a different approach to snow days in this post.