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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snoschoolclosingpocalypse Now: A Helpful Primer on FCPS School Closing Decisionmaking

Snowy RTC
You may have woken up to a scene like this this morning and wondered why Fairfax County Schools decided to open on time, in the face of all reason an apparent mini-blizzard. What you, silly rabbit, couldn't possibly understand is that the school system has an incredibly sophisticated decision-making process, informed by state of the art monitoring systems that allow them to track current weather conditions even before they happen! At great personal expense, we've managed to access the official FCPS webcam feed of Lake Anne this morning.

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See? Totally fine. Now stop whining and make sure the kids wear sunscreen before you trundle them out to the bus stop, the end.

Update: Twitter hashtag #closeFCPS is now trending worldwide. Our favorite entry to date:

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But do you really want them to close schools early? Then we have to go back out in this mess, the end.

One more from South Lakes HS:

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11 comments:

  1. This is all because of what happened last year. The teachers' union can't have its members' Caribbean vacations threatened by extra school days in June. If you're ever confused about decisions by FCPS, just remember that schools exist for the sake of the teachers and their benefits, and it will all make sense.

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    1. They built 12+ snow days into the calendar, so that's not the issue. Also, the union trope gets old, especially in a right to work state where they have no actual power.

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  2. Many snow days were built into the calendar this year, which makes the whole thing even more befuddling. A two hour delay would have been enough to expose the true weather impact, and a closing call could have been made before everyone got out on the roads.

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  3. The teachers' vacations are obviously the issue. That's why they went to 12 days this year.

    Right to work doesn't apply. It's a government union with large portions of their paychecks going into the campaign coffers of the county and state decision makers.

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    1. You're funny.

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    2. Probably has more to do with overentitled parents who had vacation plans last summer than teachers. A few parents complain, and everyone jumps. Don't believe me? Let's see how quickly they close school the next time there's snow in the forecast.

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    3. Bowling 4 BollardsJanuary 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      Weather Wimps! That's what NoVa people are, can't cope with any little challenge Mother Nature throws your way. When I was young, I walked two miles in the snow UPHILL, both to and from school....

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  4. I had to drive during the snowpocalypse. Within a mile of Chez Scubadiver I passed a spun-out school bus and a burning car. What I did not see was a single snowplow. Roads were innocent of plow, salt or sand.

    Ms. Hudgins tell me again what my six grand real estate tax is buying me?

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  5. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Just curious -- did anyone get their side streets plowed? While I see that main streets are down to dry pavement, at least here in Less Sought After South Reston residential streets seem to be untouched. Admittedly we only had three or four inches of snow that's now compacted, but given the sub-freezing temps a little sand on the street would have been useful for better traction.

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  6. Ah you need a long perspective. During olden days snow was just left on the streets until cars and trucks ground it down and then the sun would melt the stuff.

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  7. You folks should have lived in Fairfax County/Reston in the 70s, early 80s, when there were no snowplows and we drove on ice encrusted streets for weeks. Or you could take a broken-down bus to work and hope to h. the kids got to schools somehow. (often the locally employed spouse driving those streets in sheer terror)

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