Snow day, part 9

18 Jan

Remember when you were a kid and you would pray for snow days. You could play in the snow all day. Your mom would make you hot cocoa with marshmallows. And she would let you turn on the cartoons early. They were the best. I think it’s because they didn’t happen often. But now that I’m an adult, I can see why our parents were so glad they were few and far between. I’m so ready for school to start tomorrow. Knock on wood!

We’re on our 9th snow day here in Portland. It hasn’t snowed since last week, but our city seems to have adopted  a ‘wait and let it melt’ policy. The roads are hazardous and dangerous to be on. We went to the store last night for supplies and the roads were so bad, we had a flat tire when we got home. There is no way the school buses can get to the schools. And then the school must be cleared of snow on the sidewalks and entryways. That means that even the walkers (approx 80% of students) can’t get to school either.

I understand that Portland Oregon doesn’t snow well. They usually don’t need to. But I feel they should still have a plan in place for those ‘just in case’ times when they do.

The ‘wait and melt’ plan has had far-reaching consequences. Many businesses and homeowners have adapted that plan as well. The buses are still on snow routes and are using chains. Which means slow or nonexistent service for people who need to get to work. If they WANT to get to work, the children are still not in school. If the schools are closed, most daycare’s are also. They run on school schedules around here. In my neighborhood, only about 5% of the sidewalks are shoveled. Because if the city doesn’t have to, why should we seems to be the rule of the day.

These are just a few of the things I’ve seen and heard this week about our unprecedented snowfall of a week ago. This is NOT okay in a city of over a million people. Something needs to change.

  • Today I’m grateful to not be on the school board because the parents are going to mutiny soon. Today I’m grateful that the current plan is for school to start on-time tomorrow. I’m grateful that I have this platform to let my thoughts and feelings be heard.

Night all. LOVES



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