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UPDATED: School closures, delays for Wednesday

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm with 12 Comments »
November 24, 2010 6:13 am

Local schools are starting to make decisions about whether to hold classes Wednesday.

This list will be updated as districts make announcements.

CLOSED, public schools: Fife, Franklin Pierce, Peninsula, South Kitsap, Sumner, Tacoma and White River school districts.

CLOSED, private schools: Holy Rosary School, Tacoma; St. Charles Borromeo School, Tacoma; St. Patrick School, Tacoma; Visitation Catholic School, Tacoma

Comments → 12
  1. oldguysrule says:

    Just got the call that the Peninsula District schools are closed tomorrow.

  2. tamilafrance says:

    Clover Park website also has schools closed tomorrow.

  3. sunup500 says:

    Yeah…..Gotta shut down the schools……They must now have heaters in the schools? No lights? Kids won’t walk to school in the snow but will play all day in the stuff. Gimmeee a break! This is a sorry excuse by administrators that are paid salaries to have an extended holiday weekend.

  4. letsworkitout says:

    Snow isn’t what closes a school. It is the road conditions. There could be 4 feet of snow on the ground, but if the roads are all clear then there would be school. Think buddy.

  5. guidocarmasi says:

    Prudent decisions by the school systems.
    Keep the streets clear and safe.

  6. sunup500 says:

    letsworkitout……….I can see how it would be difficult for you to walk to school with those big floppy clown feet. I’ll bet you’re a transplant from Caifornia. If you know how a snow shovel works then you can shovel the sidewalk. Don’t look for the plug in for it. I reiterate my statement and stand by it. i’ll bet they shut down all the schools in the snow belt all winter long right?

  7. letsworkitout says:

    Oh dear. No, been here since I was 10. In fact born in Tacoma and moved away for a bit then came back. When I say road conditions I am referring to buses. If it isn’t safe for the bus to drive then school will be canceled. Actually if the snow routes (the backup routes for bad road conditions) are bad is when school is canceled. Many assumptions you made about me over something like this.

    The difference between us and those schools in say Minnesota is that they drive in those conditions during the winter season on a regular basis. They are used to it and have the equipment/procedures in place to accomodate the situation. Here it is not that common to have these road conditions and so it doesn’t make fiscal sense to invest in the equipment necessary. It isn’t as if the school days aren’t made up. Being closed now just extends the year out another day. So no one really gets off the hook. The decision isn’t made by just an administrator. There are people who go check the road conditions in person to assess road conditions. After these reports a decision is made. So, no, it isn’t something off the cuff to extend a holiday vacation.

    I don’t know what got you so riled up, but I do hope you enjoy your weekend with some relaxation.

  8. UP Schools has announced via robocall they will be closed tomorrow. The district’s web site also confirms it.

  9. Copper2Steel says:

    Bethel is closed Wednesday; it’s announced on theiir website.

  10. cclngthr says:

    letsworkitout,
    The problem is the district does not invest in the proper tires for the buses. I remember going to school when it snowed and we got to school on time. They should do the same now. Bethel, Fife and University Place did install studded tires in the winter on the buses, and Tacoma did as well during the 60’s and 70’s.

    2 inches of snow is nothing. A friend of mine thinks school should be open; which I agree with him.

  11. letsworkitout says:

    2 inches of snow is nothing. Correct. We are talking about ice on the roads. The tires aren’t the only issue. It isn’t just what the schools do in those areas but what the county does as well. It really doesn’t matter what you think about whether schools should be open or not. You are not in charge, thank God.

  12. cclngthr says:

    letsworkitout,
    People are not paid to stay home and sit on their rear end when they should be at work. I don’t get paid for sitting around at home. Neither should other people.