On Tuesday night we're looking at another snow event, possibly with more than 8 inches of snow, which would by itself probably close school for a day. So chances are, there won't be school on Wednesday. As for Thursday & Friday, here are some of the challenges that our community is facing to ensure that all kids can get to school safely:
- All sidewalks that kids use to walk to school must be clear
- All bus stops that kids wait at must be clear
- All school parking lots and walks must be clear, and with a snowfall this size much of it must be relocated off site, not just pushed aside.
- Buses require more clearance to turn than most vehicles, so intersections must be much more clear than you & I need to get to the grocery store
Given that VDOT crews haven't even started on neighborhoods roads yet, much less sidewalks, and facing another significant snowfall in two days, we may be facing a week-long school closing.
I'm keeping up with the progress on the roads through the Loudoun County Traffic blog, with great information like this:
The hundreds of 4x4 pickup trucks VDOT uses in northern Virginia subdivisionsbfor a typical four- to six-inch storm are inadequate to handle the frozen andbcompacted, deep snow covering most neighborhoods. Snow drifts in some areas arebeven higher than the subdivision plows. Interstate trucks are too large to fit through neighborhoods, so crews are using special equipment such as graders, bucket loaders, tandems and backhoes. This is a very slow and cumbersome process.So break out those board games, find some good books and arrange rotating playdates. It might be a while before the big yellow buses are traversing the roads again.
But don't tell my kids.
Update at 1:30pm: It's official. All Loudoun County Public Schools are closed until February 16th. See the Superintendent's message on the LCPS home page.