By Nick Bouchard
To Superintendent Marinel McGrath, the decision to call or not call a snow day is a lose-lose situation.
“Either way I get people from both sides giving me their opinion,” she said in an interview last year.
For Dr. McGrath calling a snow day involves watching almost hourly throughout the night: “Every hour I look about my window to see what’s happening. I’m also making calls to see how the plows are doing, what the police chief thinks. Along with that I’m getting updates about three times a day on the weather. I’m basically up all night when there’s a possibility for a snow day.”
While she does take into consideration students driving to the high school, she thinks that kids should realize that no one is forcing them to drive. “Kids can take the bus or have their parents drive them,” she said. “They do have other ways of getting to school.”
Despite all of the steps and the protocols she needs to follow, there’s still a good chance that the call she makes ends up not being the right one. “The call has to be made by five in the morning,” she noted.
“When it comes down to it, the decision is not mostly based on my opinion,” she said. “It’s if the buses can make it on time and if the police consider the roads hazardous or not. In the end a lot of it just comes down to the cold hard facts.”