(Star Tribune) While several metro schools were closed or delayed because of the sloppy weather, one school took the unusual step of letting parents decide whether to keep their children home, causing confusion for parents and students.
St. Louis Park Public Schools were open Wednesday, but decided to excuse student absences due to the weather, blamed for coating local roads with ice and slowing the morning commute.
Some high school parents said they dropped their children off in the morning only to have them call minutes later and beg to be picked up once they found out absences were excused. Some complained about the “attendance optional” decision.
“My high school son sent me a text that said, ‘Come pick me up. No one is here,’ ” said Bonnie Carslon Green.
Spokeswoman Sara Thompson said school administrators consulted with transportation and city officials before making the call. In the end, they felt like the best move was to let parents make the final decision, she said.
“We understand parents’ concerns and are happy to talk to them about it,” she said.
Is the Public School System’s idea of some sort of sick joke? Making school optional and leaving it up to the parents to decide if their kids need to go? How much would it fuckin suck to be the kid that is either A. forced by their parents to go because they are assholes and hate you or B. you’ve already been dropped off and have no mode of transportation to get your ass outta there… because god forbid your friends find out that you were 1 of 10 kids stuck at school on an ‘optional’ snow day, you would never live that shit down “hey bro remember when u decide to go to school during that ‘optional’ snow day, while everyone else was drunk sledding all day?”
If my parents dropped me off on an ‘optional’ day of school you better believe that I’m walkin my ass home to my nearest friends house so fuckin fast… I don’t care if I’m a kindy-gardner… I honestly think I’d rather sit in church for 7 hours rather than being stuck at school on a snow day