Sad 

“All Bellingham schools are closed for Tuesday, Dec. 13 due to the weather. While roads in some areas are clear, other parts of the district remain too icy, even with buses on snow routes.”

Those are the first two sentences of the first email I read when I woke up this morning. For the second day in a row, school is canceled due to weather, which means Henry and Ruby will be home. For. The. Entire. Day.

I refuse to accept this reality, and I question the credibility and legitimacy of a school district that cancels school due to weather, when I personally have found no evidence of hazardous conditions. Granted, I haven’t left my house in two days, but still. What makes the Bellingham School District more qualified than me to determine what is and isn’t safe for my children? The fact that they’ve been trained to do this and I haven’t? The fact that they are consistently rated one of the best school districts in Washington State? The fact that they are responsible for the safety of more than ten thousand students? C’mon.

The school district’s claim that road conditions are unsafe for school does not align with my personal agenda today, and I find their conclusion ridiculous and untrue. This is the same school district that, when the weather was still beautiful in August, decided it was time to start the school year. Sad.

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About Tim Fry

Tim is a global communications consultant. He has a background in storytelling, opinion research, brand campaigns and product launches for clients big and small. He has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News' "15 to Watch." Tim has a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. When he's not helping people tell their best stories, you're likely to find him riding his bike, kayaking or catching Dungeness Crab on Lopez Island, WA. He can be reached at tim_fry@hotmail.com.
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