OUR VIEW: Unpredictability of weather makes it tough on schools

Published 9:30 am Saturday, March 4, 2023

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If schools are closed for inclement weather, the bad weather should at least have the decency to show up, right?

In a more perfect world, bad weather results would be more predictable. When it looks like storms or snow are headed this way and schools are closed, it would certainly make us all feel better about the loss of instructional time or time missed from work if it ended up actually being needed.

But that’s not the point. 

The point with weather closures is doing what’s in the best interest of the kids. Sometimes that’s safety. 

Sometimes it’s comfort. Folks down south close schools because we aren’t prepared for any wintry precipitation. Northerners sometimes don’t react well to heat. 

We close schools or let out early — like TCSS did on Friday — for a lot of reasons, but being right isn’t one of them.

As it turns out, TCSS probably didn’t need to close early on Friday. At the time, it appears made Troup County would face heavy winds while buses were on the roads, so the decision was made to go home early.

It may not have been needed, but it could have easily have gone the other way. 

Strong winds as predicted could have come and potentially blown a bus full of kids off the road. The fact that it didn’t doesn’t change the need for the precaution.

No one at the TCSS is a meteorologist, so they have to rely on experts who are dealing with the unpredictability of Mother Nature.   

Plus, in a county that has already been hit by three tornadoes this year, there’s no such thing as being too precautious right now. 

It’s easy to say closing early wasn’t really needed Friday. Hindsight will always be 20-20. But that doesn’t mean the decision was the wrong one.

We take precautions based on the danger, not on the results.