Local school district must cut through ‘snow day’ confusion
I know one of the most difficult decisions to make is whether or not to call a snow day. On the snow days that were called at 5 a.m. it was dumping at my house. Seemed very appropriate to call a snow day. However, the weather forecast was for the storm to clear by 9 a.m. Which it did. Why doesn’t the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District have a late start policy? If the schools were on a three-hour delay, school could have taken place. Incline Village has a late start policy; maybe we could use theirs as a model. Last Friday, Jan. 7, just the opposite happened. It wasn’t snowing at 5 a.m., so no snow day was called, except for Donner Trail. We were forecasted to have significant snowfall, and we did. Why doesn’t the district have an early out schedule as well?If it has to do with the bus schedule, I have a suggestion for that as well. Buses are a wonderful asset. However they cost the district an extraordinary amount of money. I’ve made this suggestion before regarding Donner Trail, but I think it could work for the whole district. Consolidate the bus runs. Each neighborhood in Truckee and on the summit, and (probably at the lake) has a main street that runs through the entire neighborhood. A majority of parents in this district drive their children to the bus stop. How much harder is it for parents to drive a few more miles to a few main stops? It would save the district time in a late or early start schedule, fuel costs, labor costs, and wear and tear on the buses. I’d like to see that option before you begin charging for the buses.Finally, we have a snow day because of the snow loads on the portables? I understand the safety concerns for the children, but why don’t we have a policy in place for shared classroom and gymnasium/cafeteria space when this occurs. Alder Creek Middle School functioned for several months without the portables because they weren’t finished when the school opened. The Tahoe-Truckee area in known to receive large amounts of snow. Just because this is a big winter for the first time in years, we should already have a system in place to deal with this situation. Granted it would be inconvenient to have to share space with other students and meeting in the gym and cafeteria, but it beats going to school until July.Laura Mohun is a Truckee resident.
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