to make plans and children rejoiced as Wake County Public Schools and other
districts in the area canceled classes once again on Friday.
marked the fourth straight day Wake County closed schools. It was a serious of
decisions spurred, in part, by memories of the disastrous day in 2005, when a
thin sheet of ice paralyzed the city.
County announced the decision on its popular Twitter account Thursday night.
Public Schools, by comparison, opted for a three-hour delay.
children, it was a thrilling, and largely unparalleled, chance to play in the
snow that descended on North Carolina Tuesday evening. Kids across the county
instantly took to Snapchat to share smiley faces and make plans for another day
of no school.
of parents, though, had a different reaction. Some posted on the WNCN Facebook
page that they would be doing "a lot of drinking." Others expressed concern
that Wake County would slash into spring break, scheduled for late March and
early April. Already, the scheduled Friday off before spring break has
disappeared as a make-up day.
parents with children in year-round schools groaned as the county scheduled
school days for two Saturdays, including May 31.
On the Wake County Public School System Facebook page, there was plenty of
debate as to whether a full day out was necessary. Some parents felt a delay
would have been plenty – many districts in central North Carolina delayed a few
hours – while others applauded Wake for taking the safest path.
parents tweeted photos of roads in their neighborhoods to Wake schools to thank
the system for the decision.
parents, too, saw a brighter side with children out for the day. Aimee Beatty
Swiger posted on the WNCN Facebook page, "So glad I've had the last
few day as with my kiddos. You just don't get time back. I have loved spending
time with them. My kids are so awesome & fun!!!"
expressed a similar message, saying that while the days off were unexpected,
they were still a blessing to be enjoyed.