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Backlash for Not Delaying Classes in Montgomery County



    Parents and students in Montgomery County were disappointed by the school district for not closing schools or putting students on a two-hour delay after this morning’s snow storm. News 4s Mark Segraves reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014)

    Montgomery County Public Schools is getting backlash from parents and students after choosing not to delay classes Wednesday morning during a snowy commute that some are calling one of the worst ever.

    The snowfall peaked while many people were heading into work or school.

    “There were accidents on every major road – on Old Georgetown, on Rockville Pike – so, yes, it was disaster,” parent Jill Gendelman said.

    “It was definitely dicey coming in,” said parent Kirk Jackson. “Roads were very slippery, and I really expected them to open two hours late. I was very surprised.”

    School officials across the region were faced with the same problem.

    “The challenge would have been with a two-hour delay is we would have thrown the buses out right at the height of the problems,” explained Dana Tofig of MCPS. “And there wasn’t enough snow for a cancellation. We also balance that with the idea that we want our kids in school.”

    Most school districts like to make decisions about closings or delays before 5 a.m. By that time, the snow hadn’t started to fall.

    “It started a 6:30, so I guess the schools did the best they could,” Gendelman said. “So I’m not angry about it, but it was a disaster.”

    Students took to Twitter to sound off.

    “People express themselves on Twitter in a lot of different ways,” Tofig said. “We did hear from some parents and heard from students. Parents are concerned about student safety, and so are we.”