Snow day or school? It's the parents' call

  • Article by: KIM MCGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 29, 2012 - 8:58 PM

Some parents in St. Louis Park were confused. In Mounds View, most students went to school.

While several metro schools were closed or started late because of the sloppy weather, some schools let parents decide: math or snowball fights.

Both St. Louis Park and Mounds View schools were open on Wednesday but decided to excuse student absences due to the weather that coated local roads with ice.

Parents of some St. Louis Park high school students 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.

"My high school son sent me a text that said, 'Come pick me up. No one is here,'" said Bonnie Carlson 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.

Colin Sokolowski, director of public relations for Mounds View schools, said Wednesday was the first time the district ever declared a "severe weather day" -- a designation that means schools are open, buses are running, but parents who believe it's unsafe to transport their children to school can keep them home.

Sokolowski said he didn't have official attendance records, but principals were reporting that most students went to school Wednesday. The new declaration, he said, didn't seem to cause confusion.

Kim McGuire • 612-673-4469

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