We all know about the snow and ice from Winter Storm Jonas from over the weekend. But, what hasn’t been a big focus around our neighborhood was the issue of school closings.
If you look at New York City, Central Park – a big tourist attraction in the area – received almost 29 inches of snow. That’s a record for them. Yet, Mayor De Blasio decided to keep schools open for the five boroughs.
Let’s compare that to our neighborhood – the Upstate of South Carolina.
The Anderson School District decided to close Anderson 1 and 5. However, Greenville decided to shut down all schools – despite the fact there were some areas that hardly had any of the “white stuff.”
Let’s keep in mind one thing, though. It’s all relative.
New York City has the machine power to handle the snow and ice that often comes to that area and, as we all know, it is much more than South Carolina experiences.
Compare that to the snow and ice that fell in our area. Because we don’t experience as much winter weather, we are not always prepared when a winter storm hits the area. Therefore, it doesn’t take as much to cause places – especially schools – to shut down.
In the case of Greenville, it is often an “all or nothing” case because of two reasons:
- Some schools may be in a snow-filled area while others may be in a clear area.
- Some teachers commute far, and not all the roads may be clear.
Therefore, it is often up to school districts to decide what happens, and – at least currently in South Carolina – some districts remain open in an area while others close. Such was the case with Anderson, which only closed two out of five districts. It isn’t uniform, so districts often have to take a closer look than states in the north that can handle the ice and snow better.
Of course, the final decision lies with parents. Even if a school is open, the parents always have the final say about sending their children to school. Education is important. However, safety is always a consideration as well.
The Powell Group reminds everyone to stay safe while our area deals with the slippery stuff.
(Picture used from Greenville News)