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Icy Monday - But No FCPS Delay

Take our poll: Should school have opened on time?

The Federal Government announced Sunday night a delay for Monday morning due to expected ice and freezing rain.

That sent many a FCPS student hitting the refresh button repeatedly, waiting for word of an expected two-hour delay Monday. The announcement never came, though, and school started as scheduled, even as some slid their way to class.

What were conditions like in your neck of the woods? Should the schools have started on time? Lots of folks (disappointed students, perhaps?) don't think so—at 10 a.m. Monday #FCPS was trending on Twitter.

Let us know what you think by taking our poll or writing in the comments section below.

Amelie Krikorian January 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
If there is a two hour delay on a Monday, the kids go to the end of the day instead of being released early. That's probably part of the reason that FCPS did not do a delay: many elementary school parents plan their kids' doctors appointments, after school activities, etc, for that open afternoon. The streets were OK when I left home at 7:30, but my teenager walked on the grass instead of the sidewalk to get to his bus stop, because the sidewalk was totally covered with ice. Yeah, at 6:15 in the morning few had put ice melt out... particularly the large number of government workers we have in our neighborhood who were enjoying the ability to sleep in. And who can blame them? I would have slept in too if FCPS had been delayed.
judith LOTHER January 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Growing up in northern Wisconsin I can't recall how many times I wiped out during the winter. It was just a part of life. And what is meant by that previous comment regarding state-owned sidewalks not being cleared? If you have a sidewalk in front of your house, that's the homeowner's responsibility. Believe it or not the homeowner should do a little something for their community. In many cold weather jurisdictions fines are imposed if the sidewalks are treacherous. And regarding the fed gov't being closed. It was a surprise, but I think OPM was trying to prevent last year's disaster when it took hours to get home (it took me 6 hours). Or the ice storm on primary day in 2008. Many feds live 60 miles or more from their office.
Ann H Csonka January 26, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Rules about sidewalks vary in different jurisdictions and in different neighborhoods...AND there are often stretches of road (with sidewalks) that are not the frontage of someone's home (i.e., debatable responsibility for clearing). And who wants to pay more taxes for more snow-clearing state or local workers anyway? It can be difficult-to-impossible for older folks to clear their section of sidewalk (certainly not before school buses) but they often hire someone to clear -- OR people are just plain neighborly and help 'em. My teenaged kids used to shovel snow for older neighbors -- DO YOURS? One thing that is troubling is the amount of salt or other material dumped all over parking lots and sidewalks. All the salt/other chemicals are great for preventing falls, but terrible for plants, trees, and water quality. I.e., the stream at the outlet of your storm sewer is probably your drinking water supply, too -- not even counting the aquatic life in stream, pond, or river. Judith – Wisconsin is a great place, wipe-outs and all.
Michele January 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM
In my part of town, there are no homes on the main roads through the development - all homes face side roads. Especially the corners are often park like areas. there is no one responsible for these areas. They are not the HOA's responsibility, as we found out during the huge snowstorms past. They are VDOT controlled roads, and the sidewalks technically belong to them as well.... In my neighbrohood, we take care of each other and especially the several elderly/infirm neighbors. But I know other streets in my area people do not watch out for each other the way we do.... And when on the main road, you are on your own. I grew up in NJ, and wiping out while walking to school taught us to be careful and leave extra time to get to school on icy days, but that was a different time :(
Fairfax Resident January 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM
As a parent of 3 school aged children and 1 preschooler - whenever we have inclement weather, I either walk with my children or I drive them. Why are parents sending their kids out on their own? I'm amazed at how many of the kids that I saw slipping weren't even wearing gloves or a hat! Come on parents - do your part before you ask the county to make delays. Our county use to be delay/cancel happy and they got the same number of complaints. You can't have it both ways.

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