School hurricane closings send working parents into chaos
So this was the Hurricane Isaac track on Sunday, at left, several hours after Pinellas and Hillsborough County schools had announced schools would be closed Monday. St. Petersburg College waited until later in the day Sunday to indicate they saw "no need" to cancel classes based on the current forecast and when they took one last look at 5 p.m. Sunday, the college said there was little reason to cancel classes because of rain.
But if you look at their Facebook page here you can see many of their students and staff are furious, some because of the perceived danger but many because schools would be closed and they were left stranded with no day care. One poster said, "This is exceptionally inconsiderate of the administration of this school to do to both its students and faculty. All other schools in the area are closed. That means that every parent that attends or works for SPC now has to find emergency child care or live with an absence."
Should the college, which has a high percentage of students who are older and have kids, taken this into account?
I have to admit all day long I was wondering why so many school districts were calling for closings as early as Friday when we still didn't know if the storm was coming here. I can understand the call, because you never know if it might make a sudden turn east and they may have wanted to give parents extra time to make arrangements. But the science is pretty good these days on hurricane predictions and 24 hours out you pretty much know if it's making a wide left.
Once the schools announced they were closed, every workplace in the area was sent into chaos. Sure it might just end up being a rainy day, but now who's going to watch the kids?
--Sharon Kennedy Wyne
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