Snowstorms: Difficult Decisions that Come With Them

By Ryan Wooley

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Wooley

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Wooley

Snow and bad weather storms are not something to take lightly. Snow days for some are a pain because we must take on the challenge of shoveling our property and getting to work in not so favorable conditions. The older and more responsible we get, the more that snow is a burden to us. The jitters and excitement of a snow day is not as thrilling as it used to be. The one group that has more responsibility then almost everyone is our schools. They have the task of determining what are suitable conditions for their students to make it to and home from school.

The safety and health of the students and teachers is an awful heavy burden to bear. The snow makes this frustrating because often times weather reports can be wrong. Parents are often not thrilled about snow days. They view snow days and delays as negatives because they feel that their children are losing time on their education. Winters that bring intense weather can cause issues. Schools suffer because they can be potentially sued from car accidents and people falling on campus.

On January 26th we had a blizzard warning where Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that “Any cars on the road except for emergency vehicles after 11 p.m. Monday would receive a 300$ misdemeanor fine”. Cuomo also canceled all flights in and out of LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday January 27th. Even the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings game was canceled Monday in anticipation for the snowstorm. I think we all can say Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement of “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.” Was a statement just to urge us as citizens to err on the side of caution? The one who was smart and was on the side of caution was Governor Cuomo who urged people to try to leave work early on Monday January 26th before the roads got bad. Sound advice. With these matters it is better to urge on the side of caution.

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