One of the benefits of having my son in a private pre-school is that (we were told) they are open on all the dumb federal holidays that we normal working folk do not get off. Also, the sign in the lobby says “The school will remain open if the driveway is safe and our teachers can make it in to the school safely”.
OK so this theory was tested this week. Snowmageddon or “snowlandia” hit at noon on Thursday and all hell broke loose in the Portland area. No seriously, people lost their minds. I called into the school at 11:45 “just to check” and see if they would be closing early.
“Oh my gosh, YES! We are calling parents to have them pick kids up by 1pm”
Um, excuse me? You are calling working parents with a 1 hour notice? There are over 100 kids in his school. Would I have been one of the first or the last to be called? If I had been at the bottom then I would certainly have had less than an hours notice. I hustled and was able to get there by 1:15 or so after battling morons in traffic that were losing their minds over snow that was barely accumulating.
I called the school to see if there was a message on the recorded line and it hadn’t been updated. Hmmmm… I guess there will be school tomorrow. All the public schools had cancelled to allow the roads to thaw for another day. It was a mess out there. I went online to see if there was anything noted on the site. Nothing. I emailed the general account and hoped to get an update just in case they would be closed, so I could make arrangements.
6am Monday morning (normal opening) I called. No answer. 6:45 I called again and a teacher picked up. “Well I don’t think we will be open, Mr Joseph (owner) has asked that parents call back at 8 to see if enough teachers can make it in”.
OK, cue my angry face. So, this wasn’t something that could have been decided the night before by reaching out to your staff to determine who was still snowed in? Like you couldn’t have put an update online or on a recording saying there was even a chance you may be closed? Just radio silence?
I have no idea if they were open or closed because I had to get into work. After being out for 2 days last week I had some very time sensitive things to get done. So I did what I had to do and I brought the lil monster into work with me. We brought tons of snacks and my ipad. We made it until 12:15 before the crabby “I need a nap” attitude started. I was able to get my work done and most people didn’t even know he was there! I’m thankful I have a good kid and my own office so this worked out for me, but I can only imagine if I had an office or work environment where this wasn’t condoned??
Would you say something to the school? We so rarely have these kinds of weather issues, and so I know that we are all a bit unprepared for things, but it was REALLY inconvenient to not know.