Yesterday morning 8:00 AM - weather.com has a winter weather advisory 6 AM Wednesday-12AM Thursday for winter weather and snow accumulation.
This morning 8:00 AM - winter weather advisory in effect. Snow accumulation anticipated 2-4 inches plus rain and wind.
8:30 AM - Get in my car to go to work a preschool, which has not opted to close for the day. It has been raining heavily overnight and there are a few inches of water in low spots on the road.
9:00 AM - Arrive at work where snow has already accumulated about an inch in the parking lot and is coming down fast, blowing in sideways.
10:00 AM - Announcement comes around the building that we will be closing at 11, parents are being called to pick up their children.
11:00 AM - A handful of parents have yet to arrive, snow has accumulated 3-4 inches in the parking lot and not been cleared, making it difficult for anyone to get in or out.
11:15 AM - Driving home on roads that have not been (and probably will not be) plowed and get stuck at an intersection in a pile of slush/snow. Manage to back up and plow through the snow and arrive home safely.
Please someone explain to me why, with plenty of advance warning, my school was even open today. This storm was not a surprise. This is not 1913. We knew it was coming, we knew it would likely be bad, we knew that the city doesn’t have the resources to appropriately handle a snow situation. There are not enough plows or road salt to ensure an even moderately safe drive anywhere. It is not safe for parents to be coming to pick up their kids in blizzard conditions, even if it was safe enough to get them to school in the first place. We should have anticipated that and prevented the problem of putting families in danger by forcing them onto the dangerous roads. Teachers should not have had to risk their safety to get to school and then home again in order to get anywhere near normal hours to ensure a paycheck to cover their living expenses. This should be considered reckless endangerment.
Except that because of the policies that protect businesses and their interests or something, my boss’s boss’s boss can have a policy that UNLESS WE CLOSE FOR THE WHOLE DAY UNEXPECTEDLY, WE
ARE ONLY OWED PAY FOR THE HOURS WE WORKED THAT DAY. So, I will be compensated for my 2 hours of work today. If we had opted not to open, and keep everyone safely off the dangerous roads, I would have been compensated for 8 hours because of an unscheduled cancellation. And to make the whole thing worse, the tuition parents pay to enroll their kids is only refunded in the event of a full day cancellation. To simplify that math for you, this means that my boss’s boss’s boss will receive the SAME amount of income from tuition because we were open part of the day BUT he does not have to pay teacher’s salaries for the hours they did not work. In economic terms, this is called making a profit. In my terms, this is called shady.
How is this even legal? What kind of moral compass says that this is ok? I made it home safe, but how many teachers and parents and children didn’t?