My 2 Cents: School District Cancels Classes Due To Severe Weather Risk

Thursday, April 28th 2016, 11:02 pm
By: News 9

All right, let's talk about Tuesday, the weather, and the decision by one major metro school district to shut down for the day.

After talking with other district officials, the National Weather Service, and watching David Payne and others Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb decided to use one of their unused weather days to cancel classes.

We talked Thursday afternoon, Dr. Cobb told me it's a day students won't have to make up, and he feels is going to be a wasted instructional day because of the chaos of worried parents checking their kids out.

So, I called some other metro districts that held class on Tuesday to ask about that and it looks like Dr. Cobb was right.

More than half of the students in the Moore district were absent, and about 50 percent of the students in Yukon either stayed home or went home early. And Edmond says it was crazy at the elementary schools with parents checking kiddos out.

A couple of other factors to consider, Rick Cobb was the Asst. Superintendent in Moore when seven students were killed by the tornado that hit Plaza Towers elementary, the building he sheltered in was heavily damaged that day. And at his new district, Mid-Del, only three schools out of some two dozen has tornado shelters.

Dr. Cobb made the right decision for his district, and he says he has not been criticized for it.

I think it would be prudent for more districts to consider storm days.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents