monkeyskids's picture

School closing vent-completely OT

It's Friday, it's February, weather forecast is low of 40, high of 65. It should be a school day but no, school is canceled. Why? Because yesterday over 900 students in my county were out of school due to illness, another 200+ left early because they were sick. School is canceled today as well as Monday. Oh, Monday's high is 70 degrees.

Of course, I don't work for the public school system so where am I? Work.

Monchichi's picture

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Jawdropping!

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ntm's picture

That's what happens when an

That's what happens when an epidemic hits. They are trying to keep it from spreading even further plus usually the teachers get hit too and they can't get enough subs in. If you want to work 60 hour weeks plus have to get a summer job to make ends meet, get your teaching certification and become a teacher. And then have to deal with all the school behaviors we read about here.

monkeyskids's picture

I actually would love to be a

I actually would love to be a teacher I just cannot do it. Well, I guess I could. I work at a college where I can get my degrees for it. But I'm 43 and I don't really want to start over.

I truly admire teachers and do my best to help when I can. I'm just jealous of my kids!

ntm's picture

I hear you. I work from home,

I hear you. I work from home, so I NEVER get a snow day. I never even get to take sick days for when my DS is sick. People who work at the office get to take days off for hurricanes and blizzards, but us remote employees -- nope. Grrrr.

Acratopotes's picture

this is normal around these

this is normal around these parts lol....

Minister dies - public holiday for his funeral, if it's on a Tuesday hell school close Monday as well..

any public holiday in the middle of the week- school close for the week...

President has his birthday - public holiday, President's wife goes into labor, public holiday

I dread the day the first President after independence dies - this will be a week long holiday if not longer,
If Nelson Mandela had to be from this country, we would've shut down the country for a month....

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Gimlet's picture

I wish workplaces would

I wish workplaces would enforce more rules around sickness. It infuriates me when people come in sick because they don't want to spend their PTO on sick time.

I have empathy for people who don't get sick time and need to make ends meet, but Joe A-hole in the next cube gets plenty of paid time off. I've told people that they need to go home before. We have work from home, use it.

/rant

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Acratopotes's picture

We do it in the office - if

We do it in the office - if you look sick and act sick the boss will tell you - GO HOME....

you can complain as much as you want but we do not want your goodies all over us

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monkeyskids's picture

Agreed! It drives me nuts to

Agreed! It drives me nuts to hear co-worker coughing, sneezing etc and I just want to spray Lysol!

FruitSalad704's picture

I hated my old job so much

I hated my old job so much I'd call in sick if I had a hangnail. Coughing, sneezing? I may take the entire week off. I was considerate of my co-workers like that.

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monkeyskids's picture

I had an employee at my old

I had an employee at my old job that it was almost a guarantee that she would call in sick, be late or leave early on Mondays and Fridays if we did not have anything pending. I actually took a calendar and highlighted each day that she was out/called in/came in late/left early over a 6 month period. Over 30 percent of the time she was out.

I get it that if you don't have a lot of work to do, but if you are in a customer service job you are expected to be there for your open hours.

FruitSalad704's picture

I think I remember you

I think I remember you posting about her. Was she the one who called and claimed she couldn't come to work because they were paving the road outside her neighborhood and she couldn't get out? I may be confusing you with you someone else - sorry if I am. Smiling

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Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

I wouldn't do anything for a Klondike bar, but I would do some sketchy shit for some whiskey and bacon.

monkeyskids's picture

That's me! After I left that

That's me! After I left that position she left as well. Funny thing, she posts online about how expensive college is and how her semester costs more than she makes in a year. That job she had? Would have paid her to get her PhD.

FruitSalad704's picture

Same people don't have the

Same people don't have the sense G*d gave a gnat.

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Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

I wouldn't do anything for a Klondike bar, but I would do some sketchy shit for some whiskey and bacon.

ESMOD's picture

Amen! I have had more than

Amen!

I have had more than one vacation ruined because some coworker decided that they would come in sick. I know it was them because they were sneezing and hacking right outside my cubicle.

ESMOD's picture

What kindof irks me is "snow

What kindof irks me is "snow days"

I'm talking the snowdays where most other businesses are still open and most parents are going to be expected to go to work.

I understand the issue of safety and liablity of having the school bus run when the weather and road conditions aren't great... but the "rest" of us can get on the roads.. why can't teachers get on the roads too?

I bet you that there would be a whole lot of parents that would drive their kids to school if it were an option. I don't advocate it being a regular school day, but certainly there could be some extra activities for the kids to do.

The kids who can't make it won't miss work. If a teacher can't make the drive, then they can take a vacation day (like I have to if I miss work if I don't feel safe driving in).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not downing teachers or anything, but just trying to figure out a solution for the situation when the vast majority of parents will need to blow a vacation day because the school isn't open.

Acratopotes's picture

we don't have snow days but

we don't have snow days but dang all our teachers are on strike again..... thus kids get send home,

Last year teachers strike - Oct and Nov... grade 12's almost missed their end year exams, schools opened for 2017 on the 17th of January... and teachers just announced another strike...

I want to go back to school

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monkeyskids's picture

The problem with this is

The problem with this is school funding is based on attendance. If 20% of the kids are not there, that's a 20% cut in the funding for that day. Schools cannot afford to loose any more funding.

ESMOD's picture

Ahhh.. now I understand the

Ahhh.. now I understand the ridiculous nazi administration over missing days with kids. lol.

moeilijk's picture

Why not make the standard

Why not make the standard vacation entitlement the same as kid's?

Or shorten work hours?

Maybe utopia, but supporting business rationale does exist.

And I live in NL, where people are paid well, and gets lots and lots of vacation. It's pretty much the only thing keeping us here, because I could do without the isolationist culture.

And it only snows once every five years or so... on the weekends.

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ESMOD's picture

I think the issue is that

I think the issue is that parents don't like to "waste" their vacation time on a snow day.

If you only get 2 weeks of vacation a year.. and school closes 5 days. Well, you just lost half your time off for the year at the last minute with no notice. Not like you can plan a Bahamas vacation like that.

blueorblackink's picture

This is the one that angers

This is the one that angers me the most.... SNOW DAYS.

I am in Retail mangement. If I have to walk to work on a snow day then I will be walking, 'cause we are open no matter what. But everyone in my town that doesn't work a service related job comes into my store with their kids bragging about the fact that they had to call in because it was just to dangerous to drive to WORK. I mean it's perfectly safe to drive for shopping, and it's perfectly safe to drive your children to the store. So why is it to dangerous to be responsible?

And there are days when it is terrifying to be driving. But I will loose my job if I call in. And the entire reason I have to be open is because my company knows there will be people calling in to shop. We make bank on it.

monkeyskids's picture

If I don't have to work on a

If I don't have to work on a snow day, my rear is still in pjs on the couch! Shopping? Online maybe, but no way am I driving with stupid people on the road if I don't have to.

Brick's picture

They close because the buses

They close because the buses can't safely get kids to school. Imagine the uproar if schools didn't close and a bus wrecks killing some of the kids.

ESMOD's picture

I understand that. But since

I understand that. But since the parents of many of these kids are required to go to work, wouldn't they prefer an option of being able to drop their kids off at school?

The argument that the teachers could get hurt on the roads is not valid because it is no different from any other company that requires it's employees to show up or take vacation time/PTO in the event that they are not able to get to work.

I am not advocating that regular school lesson plans be used as the kids that could not make it in would miss out. But certainly, there are other educational activities that could be done with the kids right?

Lashy's picture

If the kids ride the bus then

If the kids ride the bus then parents aren't required to get them to school. The uproar of bring your kids to school today because it isn't safe for the buses would be more than closing for a snow day.

downsouthinTX's picture

nothing breeds those germs

nothing breeds those germs like that nice warmth!

JustAgirl42's picture

Same thing happened near the

Same thing happened near the area where I live.

Ugh, I haven't had the shot.

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Gimlet's picture

Monkey, was it norovirus?

Monkey, was it norovirus?

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monkeyskids's picture

Norovirus, whopping cough and

Norovirus, whopping cough and strep.

Gimlet's picture

Oh wow. That's a trifecta.

Oh wow. That's a trifecta. Is it the variant of whooping cough that affects immunized people?

Norovirus is awful, and people shed the virus for up to two weeks after they recover.

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"I'd rather have sex with a cactus." - Aniki

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave." - FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative. Sort of like a crematorium, lol." - exjuliemc

monkeyskids's picture

I'm not sure if it's a

I'm not sure if it's a variant, there have been a handful of cases in our county and at different schools. What sucks for us is if one gets any of the above it's usually a chain reaction because there are 6 of us in the house. So far...fingers crossed.

Gimlet's picture

If anyone in my house gets

If anyone in my house gets it, they are living in the garage for a week Eye-wink

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"I'd rather have sex with a cactus." - Aniki

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave." - FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative. Sort of like a crematorium, lol." - exjuliemc

Lashy's picture

Ditto!!!

Ditto!!!

Brick's picture

Have your kids had it yet?

Have your kids had it yet? I'd prefer they shut down the schools to stop it from spreading.

monkeyskids's picture

Bd17 was vomiting yesterday

Bd17 was vomiting yesterday but I don't think it was norovirus. She is extremely sensitive to things that can cause migraines and vomiting.

momjeans's picture

It's hitting hard where I

It's hitting hard where I live too.

Just in the last week, they closed down two "private" pre-k through 8th grade community schools, due to whooping cough. These are hippie, Montessori-like schools with roughly a 50% vaccination rate.

The last few outings to the park with my toddlers on these warm days were... interesting. A lot of older kids there with barking coughs. I get the whole kids need fresh air even when they're sick, but it's scary.

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Livingoutloud's picture

Many school districts in ny

Many school districts in ny state took a pay cut. Many also have furlough days. Our furlough days are used for snow days. So if there is snow day, we don't get paid. Many of us would rather be at work and get paid. I for sure would.

Also schools aren't closed in snow storm to protect teachers. Nobody gives s fuck. Schools are closed to protect children and protect school from being sued over kids getting hurt. In my district kids mainly walk to school or drive there themselves or driven by parents. We have no buses. Kids do get hurt walking or driving in this weather.

Also schools are closed during epidemics to stop it from spreading.

And if certain number of kids (due to bad weather or epidemics ) don't attend school, school gets no funds. School cannot stay open if there are no students in attendance

My pet peeve is people bitching about things they know nothing about.

monkeyskids's picture

I was more complaining that

I was more complaining that my kids get to enjoy the sunshine while I'm stuck inside. I totally understand why they closed the school and support it. Does it make things a little challenging for me? Sure, but I've dealt with a lot worse.

I don't understand why people complain about actual snow days. Just because you live a block from the school and you can get your child to school does not mean the child on the outskirts of the district can safely get to school. I DO NOT want that phone call from the police saying my child's bus was in an accident. Thanks but no.

Livingoutloud's picture

Well you did say that since

Well you did say that since you don't "work in public school system" then you have to be at work. It did sound that you are jealous of teachers, not kids. Kids do not work for the public school system, teachers do.

I personally can't care less what people do in their careers. We all make different career choices. I don't envy that many people make way more than me or get free car or free phone at work etc They chose different career than mine. I've met a lot of people who envy teachers. I think it's silly. It is not like teachers won their career in lottery, they chose it the same way others chose to be doctors or lawyers or engineers.

monkeyskids's picture

I said that because I work

I said that because I work for a private college.

Livingoutloud's picture

Don't they close those too on

Don't they close those too on increment weather or other emergencies? Plus if that's important for you, you could consider public colleges. Classes sometimes get closed in public universities in extreme weather too. I don't know about private colleges.

monkeyskids's picture

I've done both private and

I've done both private and public. I'm at this private one because of the benefits for the kids for education. We close too. Just not because of illness. If the weather is bad then I'm usually working from home or take the day off.

It was just crazy that the school was closed and it was like the perfect soring day. Oh well. Kids enjoyed it. I got off early because of schedule issues.

Livingoutloud's picture

School was closed due to lots

School was closed due to lots of kids being sick and it had to be contained. It could be 100 degrees out, nothing to do with the weather. I really don't understand how and why it appears crazy to you. Seems like common sense to me.

Lashy's picture

I'd rather them shut the

I'd rather them shut the schools before my kids get it. I hate puking!!

onwednesdayswewearpink's picture

Here in Oklahoma they close

Here in Oklahoma they close the schools if it gets too cold lol