Unnecessary school closings cost business thousands

A Modest Proposal:
School Superintendents should look outside at 3AM BEFORE canceling schools.

For the second time this school year the Nauset Region has cost businesses on the Lower Cape tens of thousands of dollars by unnecessarily closing school when there was no snow emergency and temperatures were several degrees above freezing.

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When I looked outside at 3AM this morning in East Harwich, it was 38 degrees and raining, and most of last week's snow had already melted away.

We know the conditions school buses face in a large region like Nauset, and there may be times when a storm's effect could be a problem for towns at one end of the region and not the other, but that was clearly not the case this time.

A thousand parents got woken up way too early today by a robo phone call to tell them school was canceled whereas a half dozen calls to a single school employee in each of the region's towns would have informed the superintendent that today's storm was a wash-out.

Chatham Schools made the same bad call, and according to local resident Andy Buckley, the National Weather Service yesterday afternoon predicted less than half an inch by this morning in Chatham, yet that town cancelled anyway.

It's time for the thousands of working parents affected by this indifference to the financial impact of these decisions to speak out.

There is already a crises in our school budgets, and forcing area taxpayers to stay home to tend their children rather than working today is unconscionable.

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