We've been having extremely bad weather in Dallas. It was actually snowing when I went to school yesterday.
Up north, it would have been a no-brainer. Have school. Unfortunately, just about every other district in the area shut down for the day, we didn't.
Here's why we don't. We know that there is a large number of parents who are going to have to go into work. Let's face it, in bad weather, it's the lowest paid workers who have to go to work. That means their children, if we don't have school, are not being supervised and are not getting lunch. Not a huge problem for my population, though I would argue that most of the 9th grades and some of the 10 graders need the supervision.
So we had school.
However, our local ABC affliate, Channel 8, WFAA, decided to announce that we did NOT have school. Quite a few teachers, parents, and students, including myself, heard that. Many of us went back to bed. I started to, but my dogs wouldn't let me. They wanted to be fed. So I sat down after feeding them and ate my own breakfast. Whoops! DISD spokeswoman came on, blasted Channel 8, and told us we would have school.
I made it there, and before official school time, but not as early as I would have liked. I also didn't like the added stress from leaving 20 minutes late, but I did get here.
We did have school. I gave some "free" answers to some assignments as a reward to my students that were here. I also took a group of another teacher's students, who didn't make it here, and put them on computers and had them do "Texas Web Tutor".
All in all, it was a good day. No thanks to Channel 8, which I am no longer a watcher of their local programs, especially their news. That also means Goodbye to Good Morning America, since it was during their time, that the misannouncement was made.
My biggest problem with Channel 8? They haven't sufficiently apologized. In fact, they are obviously holding the position that we should NOT have had school yesterday.
Well, back to the facts -- there are students in the district that would not have had supervision and would not have fed yesterday. The majority of our cafeteria workers were here. Everyone that was here, pitched in and made the day good for the students. It was the right decision. And sadly, it might not count as an attendance day and we still might have to use our inclement weather day -- meaning that I didn't really get paid for yesterday. All because Channel 8 decided to make their own announcements up.