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Closing/Delay Information for Prince William County Schools. Patch file photo.
Heather Miller March 16, 2014 at 08:21 pm
I think was a great decision for the safety of the Students and Staff.
kathy brown March 17, 2014 at 04:48 am
the students are fustrated, parents are fustrated with mother nature. This weather has really piledRead More on the stress on everyone, but I agree, the schools need to be closed. Safety first!
Big Changes to School Calendar in Prince William County. Patch file photo.
Bill Ray March 7, 2014 at 08:42 am
Take days off or cancel spring break, The kids have had plenty of break. I realize this ideaRead More probably makes too much sense and common sense doesn't enter into the equation. For those planning to take a trip, get over it, Stuff Happens!!!
Tom Higgins March 7, 2014 at 09:31 am
How about Saturdays?
fizzie13 March 7, 2014 at 11:36 am
Adding time to the end of the school year, after SOL's, is pointless. The kids need learning time toRead More prep for the SOL's. Make the day longer, take away Easter Monday, whatever is needed to make up time before testing.
Big Changes to School Calendar in Prince William County. Patch file photo.
Virginia Fitz Shea February 24, 2014 at 09:42 am
Fairfax County has had a policy limiting recess to 10 minutes a day for the past seven years.Read More However, few, if any elementary schools actually enforce this limit, so there has not been much protest from parents. The tradeoff for the lack of enforcement of the 10-minute limit is that students are not given the instructional time required by the Standards of Accreditation. It is critically important for Fairfax to ensure that all elementary schools meet the requirements in the Standards of Accreditation while also providing adequate time for recess. This can be accomplished by ending Monday early dismissals. A petition has been launched at Change.org to urge this solution: http://chn.ge/1dZn61Z.
There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
Cee IheartNez Carter February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
Since they are not going to change the date of regularly scheduled testing I don't think that makingRead More up the days do anything good for the students. Unless these days can be made up in advance of the test (sol, ect) so my vote it to not extend school!
MomtoB February 18, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Most schools around the world have classes year round. We have 180 days and then aren't even goingRead More to make up the ten missed days. It's ridiculous. These kids need to be in school. Yes make up the days, go to a longer school year. Make Monday's full day, take away teacher work days and whatever else it takes. There were talks about starting before Labor Day every year - why didn't that take place? Our kids are missing out on education and they need to be in school more to make up for it.
Meg February 19, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Maybe schools should have thought of this before classes were cancelled. There's no reason kidsRead More can't go to school because of the threat of snow. And "storms" where we get 2 inches and classes cancelled are JOKE. And I'm sorry when temps are in the low 20's with windchills in the teens or single digits - that's what layers are for... wear winter clothing and dress for the weather. I have absolutely no sympathy for the kids needing to be in school longer.
School Closings, Delay Info in Prince William County
Ashley Rose February 12, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Prince William schools closing tomorrow shouldn't even be a question. Whether it is 4 inches or 10Read More inches children and parents safety should be first, as well as the teachers and staff of the schools. Everyone stay safe and warm tonight and tomorrow.
Wednesday's snow day has drained the last of Prince William County School's available hours.
Zwena January 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm
Spring break and teacher "workdays"... Kids have had enough time off. Any other holidayRead More that they r off on a monday like Presidents Day and Teacher professional workday.
Debbie Guise January 30, 2014 at 07:50 am
Teacher workdays! Not holidays! The governor can excuse the days if we have more snow and a state ofRead More emergency goes into place. Adding days at the end of the school year is worthless!
Karen McCain January 30, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Go to school on Saturday like I did when I was a kid.
Should the buses have rolled this week? Patch file photo.
Deb January 24, 2014 at 10:31 am
It is ridiculous to keep kids home for cold weather. As long as the roads and parking lots areRead More clear kids should be in school. As for the walkers and kids who drive themselves, when are the parents going to take responsibility? Drive your kids to school. And it's the parents who should be sure their kids are dressed appropriately for the weather. As for the make up days, taking away a teacher work day is one thing but taking away a federal holiday shouldn't happen. Nor should extending the school year which could disrupt many summer plans.
Rudy January 24, 2014 at 10:35 am
I agree with Ms. Kelly! Additionally, not everyone in the county lives in Sterling Park or AshburnRead More Village! In more rural areas, the roads are still not the best to walk and or drive on! Thought.... If you lived in these rural areas, and you child was on the bus, the bus slid off the road and was stuck on the bus for several hours....would you complain and raise a stink? This is another reason that the school board made their decision. It is better for them to receive complaints of a handful more school days, than to have dozens of parents complaining about accidents, injuries and their childs well being. I give kudos to the board for announcing they were closing for the remainder of the week, days in advance. As this allowed us to plan, the best we could. Opposed to reacting to this information in the morning while watching the news!
Deborah Kelly January 24, 2014 at 10:55 am
Good thing we have school officials making their best professional decisions instead of a bunch ofRead More nutty parents who can't agree on anything! We should support the school system's decisions even when we don't agree. Amen.
Is it time for school, yet? Patch file photo.
Rick Young January 22, 2014 at 09:11 pm
Apparently the decision makers like their days off. Look, a frozen puddle, we must close the entireRead More system because someone might slip and go boom. Beyond belief. Great message to send to kids.
Deborah Kelly January 23, 2014 at 06:00 pm
I think safety first - there are a lot of kids who are "walkers" and there are a lot ofRead More kids who drive themselves. I drove through our high school parking lot today and there are still some icy spots and the sidewalks are not clear. The last thing we need is broken legs and students' cars sliding into each other. One more day will get us through the weekend and, if Monday is already a teacher workday, then the students could safely come back on Tuesday. The additional rest for both students and teachers does a body good!
There's a 100 percent chance of snow in Tuesday's forecast. Patch file photo/Drew Hansen
Amanda Mann January 20, 2014 at 01:49 pm
Yes I think schools should be closed Tuesday
kathy brown January 20, 2014 at 09:12 pm
Yes, they should close on Tuesday. Storm is coming in the morning, students will have to leaveRead More school. The districit will save money on busing, meals, elec, heating by closing. The most important part is the student safety.
Will the school buses roll in Prince William County on Wednesday? Patch file photo.
Lorelei Kennedy January 8, 2014 at 08:59 am
It doesn't matter if the PWCS opens, delays, or closes they will never make everyone happy. A delayRead More would not make that much of a difference as it will still be below freezing. Drive your children to school or bus stop, or team up with a friend or neighbor to drive instead. Feed your child a warm breakfast, have them wear layers of clothing, hat, scarf, mittens/gloves, and a coat. It's cold outside, help your child make common sense decisions like stay away from ice. Kids need to be in school they have missed so much time already this school year.
Carrie January 8, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Safety comes before school any day of the week!
Mariam kakar January 8, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Well said Carrie!!!