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Parents Blast AACPS for Cold School Day Decision

More than 500 comments were left on the AACPS Facebook page about the decision to have a regular schedule Tuesday.

(Screenshot from Storify.com)
(Screenshot from Storify.com)
Parents of students at Anne Arundel County Public Schools took to Facebook on Monday and Tuesday to voice concerns for their children.

More than 500 comments were left on the AACPS Facebook page as of 9 a.m. Tuesday—mostly by parents complaining about their children being asked to attend school on the coldest day of the year, as temperatures dipped into single digits, with a windchill of -17 in some areas of the county.

Complaints were largely devoted to students having to wait at bus stops in the cold weather and concerns about schools not being kept warm enough.

TELL US: What did you think of the decision? Let us know in the comments.
Claudine Pettit Shirkey January 07, 2014 at 10:09 AM
These same parents that are complaining. There kids are the ones I see walking across crosswalk in lax shorts and no coat every morning in winter
Christopher Boyd January 08, 2014 at 07:32 AM
AACPS can't win. Had they closed or delayed opening, they'd have received ten times the complaints for "wimping out", just like they do when it snows. I'm all for keeping kids home when it's truly dangerous, but I also think learning how to dress appropriately is an important lesson for kids to learn. AACPS made the right decision yesterday.
mark January 08, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Exactly Claudine, parents and Kids today are a bunch of pansies spoiled rotten Babies, they act just like each other..The Parents today are so Childish..did your Parents act like this in the 60s, 70s or 80s?? No of course..Parents stop babying your kids, its Ridiculous.. Did anything Happen yesterday to any kid that were at Bus stops? No again of course..I saw kid at 4 different bus stop. Kids that is...their Parents are Raising their kids like they were Raised..Get a Grip..most Parents are an embarrassment to Parenthood
baltochick January 08, 2014 at 08:40 AM
I don't have kids so no horse in this race. However, I distinctly remember the city school systems closing schools for frigid temps sometime back in the early 80's (I believe it was record breaking lows then too). I think it was a good decision then and I think it would have made sense this time too. (Delaying schools makes zero sense to me... a three or so degree temp rise wouldn't have made a darn bit of difference. And delaying usually causes more headaches then flat out cancelling.) But it is a can't win if you do... can't win if you don't situation and social media has made it worse giving people a platform to rage. You close schools and you immediately get the "back in my days" crap. Leave them open and you get the "you're endangering my child" crap. I think the bottom line is if you felt your kids shouldn't go then you should have kept them home. Case closed.
Shannon Kendall January 08, 2014 at 10:52 AM
My kid didn't need awesome ski wear to attend school. I put her in layers and waited in our heated car until she was safely on the bus. School is important and i decided if the bus arrives, she's going. Life is hard as hell. Don't raise your children to be quitters. Diversity and challenge won't kill them. And neither will waiting with them or dropping them off at school. Extreme temps allow for a little leeway in your work schedule. These kids will all be Xanax addicts or worse at the rate this swiveling country is going.
Shannon Kendall January 08, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Snivveling not swiveling
baltochick January 08, 2014 at 11:22 AM
The truth is a lot of kids simply don't have the proper clothing they need to stand on bus stops or walk to school in freezing temps nor parents that are able to (or willing too, sadly) sit with them in warm cars until they're on the bus.
cathydp52 January 08, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I totally agree Claudine. I went to school in 60s &70s. We WALKED in rain snow and cold. Our parents did not allow us to wear shorts and flip flops in the winter. If it was cold u put a hat coat and gloves on and we still played outside. We had rules and we followed them.

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