Some Parents Not Thrilled With Timing of School Closing Announcement

Parents are reporting some Greenfield high school students were on buses or at school when they were informed school had been called off.

Updated 7:30 a.m. Wednesday

Several school districts in the area have called off school today because of the overnight snowstorm that began Tuesday afternoon.

Among them are the Whitnall School District and Greenfield School District,  according to the districts' websites. After-school events at Greenfield schools have also been cancelled.

The timing of the decision to close Greenfield schools, however, appears to be a point of consternation for many Greenfield parents.

Several parents said they weren't aware of the closings until close between 6:45 a.m and 7 a.m.; Greenfield High School's first-hour bell is at 7:10 a.m.

Several students and parents indicated on Greenfield Patch's Facebook page students waited outside for buses an extra 15 minutes, were already on buses when school was called or were even at the high school when the decision to close finally came.

"I chose to keep my kids home before Greenfield decided to be off today, but there were other high school students waiting at the bus stop for over 15 minutes when we found out school was off," one parent wrote. "Greenfield should have been more organized this morning."

The school "called at 7. GHS starts at 7:10," another parent wrote. "The buses are now taking the kids home. What a horrible job on the part of the school district. Some heads should roll!"

The school district issued an automated call to parents apologizing for cancelling school late, some parents said.

Ann February 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM
the Greenfield closing was posted at 6:30 AM - I saw it on either 6 or 4 can't remember. Have a friend who stated they saw it at 6:25 AM - even so - I think whoever was making the call was taking a wait and see but the problem was the side streets were not done - saw several cars coming out of our sub-division get stuck trying to get onto 68th st - main through fares were cleared but side streets weren't touched.
KHD February 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM
By the time Greenfield made the call, kids were already waiting for buses. What is so hard about making the call?
Johnny February 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM
We were literally walking out the door when we got a text from a friend saying that Greenfield was closed. Our annoyance at the lateness of it was replaced by relief that we didn't have to go out onto the crummy roads. Our street had cars getting stuck. Ultimately the right call was made.
HairMetalFan February 28, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Sometimes parents have to use their discretion. If you think it's too bad out there, leave your kids stay home.
Stephen Stevanovic March 07, 2013 at 05:58 PM
When i heard the news Ive never been so happy to go back to sleep. I got to sit back and take a break from school on the snow day! Only, i had to shovel all the snow TWICE.... So worth it.


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