Local families face scheduling challenges during school snow delays
WEST VALLEY, Wash. -- "It just throws your whole morning off," said parent and Apple Valley Elementary School para educator Bernadette Wise.
Wise says when school gets pushed back a few hours because of the weather, it puts a dent in her schedule, especially as a working mom.
"I drop off my daughter in the morning, and then I come into work a whole hour early with my two sons, and they have to just kinda deal in the classroom, until school starts," she said.
Wise says with the slick, dangerous roads, she tries to drive as little as possible, so going back home after dropping her daughter off to middle school in the morning isn’t an option.
And neither is leaving her younger kids with a babysitter, who can bring them to school later.
She says she’s grateful she has the option to bring her kids to work with her, but feels for others who aren’t as lucky.
"For parents that don’t have the convenience of coming to work an hour early or bringing their kids to school, what do you do?" asked Wise.
She says she has her kids work on extra homework and clean up her classroom to pass the time on days like these.
Apple Valley Dad Michael Moore says he doesn’t quite find himself in the same boat as Wise.
He agrees school delays are a bit challenging when it comes to fitting it around his work schedule, but he makes do.
"It gets a little chaotic trying to accommodate the change in schedule, but the school district does a great job of notifying us early, as soon as they identify that the roads are unsafe," said Moore.
West Valley School District Superintendent Mike Brophy says deciding to delay or cancel school is a tough call, but the bottom line is - safety comes first.
"The issue that’s considered strongest through the entire process is our students’ safety. We don’t want our students placed in an unsafe position," he said.
Brophy says due to the overall mild winter here in Yakima, the district has only had a couple of days where school was delayed, so they don’t anticipate having to stretch the school year any longer.