Skip to comments.Students stranded and parents frustrated after school closures (6+ hour commutes in Atlanta)
Posted on 01/28/2014 8:00:26 PM PST by Pan_Yan
Slippery, snowy roads left students stranded in school late Tuesday night as parents waded through paralyzing traffic and buses struggled to arrive, hours after school was dismissed early.
Some schools and their employees braced for the possibility that students might have to sleep at school overnight if no one could reach them on slick roads.
We definitely might be pulling an all-nighter here, said Thomas Algarin, spokesman for Marietta City Schools.
We have been trying to transport students all afternoon, into evening and up to about 30 minutes ago, Cobb school spokesman Jay Dillon said in an e-mail send to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday. At this point, the roads have deteriorated to the point that there is no use in further attempting to deliver students home. All buses have either returned their remaining students to school, or will be there shortly. Thats only a relative handful of buses. We dismissed two hours early and were able to safely transport the vast majority of elementary students, and most high school students.
At North Atlanta High School, students were still waiting for buses at nearly 10 p.m., according to Atlanta schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green. According to the school districts Twitter feed, food was on the way. Frustrated parents said school officials had been promising to feed students for hours.
Roads were in such bad shape that Marietta City Schools and Cherokee and Bartow counties north of Kennesaw suspended school bus service, asking students to remain at school until parents could pick them up.
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Dang that man made global warming.
Well, Cumberland County NC put out the notice yesterday that schools would be closed today and tomorrow.
At the time the weather report called for it to start with light snow around 11:00AM. The weather ban did some wiggling overnight and it just started sleeting around 5:00PM.
They could have had school today - but they like to play it safe due to all the crazy drivers around here.
Yes, I am glad Al Gore invented the internet, so that we might rant against the evils of Global Warming!
Hence the need to plan ahead. It’s like any other storm...it can change in a moment. You need to be ready.
Oh, and another screw up by guvment schools.
My wife had to drive home in that mess. 11 mile trip took over 7 hours, about 1.5 MPH average. Hope you are safely tucked away for the duration!
I would find a way to get my kids at all costs.
This I don't understand. Do their tires not have treads? Here we have school busses delivering students into the Cascade Mountain foothills through ice, snow, mud, running water and whatever else a typical winter might bring. They never get stuck.
“WTF did you expect? This area isn’t prepared to deal with any amount of snow.
It doesn’t happen enough to justify the expense.
Your kids were safe, warm, had drinking water and access to bathrooms”
It took me almost 7 hours (34 miles) but I had to drop someone off who normally rides the bus. He would have been stranded at the train station. I used 90 pounds of ice melt getting cars out of my way so I could get home, and that included a police cruiser.
I saw some amazing things in the drive.
I live in the one county in the area smart enough to leave the kids at home. Apparently mine went through almost every board game in the house today.
Reminds me of a Little House on the Prairie episode.
Our county let them out early enough to get home. I am very thankful.
Perfect storm. It was about 30 degrees when it started snowing. That meant the pavement was warm enough to melt the snow ... for a while. Once the snow got heavy everything turned into an ice rink. Then all of a sudden at about 2 pm a million people in the same city decide they need to relocate RIGHT NOW. No snow tires. Little experience with ice. Once everyone gridlocked the city the road crews and sand trucks were stuck as well.
Predicting what a snowstorm in the south will do is hard enough, but this one threw a lot of people for a loop. It was supposed to take a narrow track through south Alabama and Georgia, but it covered a larger area to the north. Lots of places weren’t prepared because they didn’t expect to get hit. Nobody was expecting it to start out as an ice storm where I live, and that made things much worse.
Makes for an interesting SHTF consideration.
Left Newnan at noon. Got to my house at 8 pm.
Amen bro, amen. ;-)
Were there no warnings of snow for Birmingham, Atlanta, etc.??? There were warnings for areas south of those places. Those schools cancelled classes for today and tomorrow. But places with millions of people were too stupid to cancel? Did the National Weather Service botch this??? If George W. were POTUS, then he would be blamed for not warning the poor folks in those areas. So the current occupant needs to take full blame for this one. And his administration. This is a HUGE mess.
I was laughing today as I read posts by my friends in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Atlanta. At 10am, Tuscaloosa schools decided they would dismiss students early. HS at noon. MS at noon thirty. Elementary at 1pm. At 11am, emergency management asked everyone to stay off the roads. Uh huh. Birmingham is a city of hills. They had school today. I have friends whose children are spending the night at schools. And the friends did not make it home either. I have friends in Atlanta where a dad is in a hotel, a mom is home alone, children are at various locations with friends, another mom spent hours and hours driving to pick up a toddler and then home. It is crazy. I would be furious with myself if I had sent my children to school today. I would be furious if the weather report were so inaccurate. But was it? That is what I want to know. I was only paying attention to ours.
The good news is that it will be warm on the weekend. :)
I certainly does. I drove in the median for about a mile to where the police had closed the road. There were about 100 cars waiting in line, unable to decide whether to turn left, turn right or turn around. So they just sat there. It was like watching a bizarre episode of The Walking Dead. I wove my way past them, turned left and went home. No one followed.
If only we could have swapped places ...
Channel 2 was saying the “models” on this storm were constantly changing. Heck, they changed forecasts three times in the span of 18 hours.
People weren’t paying attention.
And now guvment is trying to explain how well they’ve done.
YOU HaVE TO RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!
The folks in Atlanta are starting to sound as dumb as the folks stranded in NO after Katrina. Why did they even put those kids on the bus for school? They knew they were not equipped to handle it. They had ample warnings for more than a week.
They were warned. I was at work checking the forcast every 20 minutes. I started suggesting to people that they leave before 10 am, several hours before traffic became a nightmare. Unfortunately my job required me to stay after most people had left.
My wife, her 85 year old mom, and my brother in law with brain cancer, after 9+ hours, have pulled off to side near West Pace Ferry on I 75 northbound. Gas light on. No heat on. As of 11:36PM.
No movement on road for hours. Any one have a gas can nearby???
A large chunk of NO moved to ATL after Katrina. Heck the next year Atlanta was plastered with "Reelect Ray Nagan" billboards for those still registered to vote in Louisiana.
Tell them to be careful the exhaust pipe doesn’t get buried in snow. A friend of mine lost both her parents that way.
Don’t know the area at all, brother but are they nearby any homes? Might just want to knock and ask for help.
That one cold night ahead of them in that car.
And the other poster is right - keep all that snow away from the pipe.
I just went through a friend’s weather warnings for the last two days. They were warned. And officials knew before schools started that snow would hit before noon. But they did not make the crucial call to cancel.
If I had a child stuck at a school tonight, I would be sooooo angry. But I wouldn’t have sent my children. Or I would have picked them up at first flake in Birmingham. LOL. Hubby would have walked ten miles to pick up our children in such a situation!
if its anything like DFW ice rain it is almost a death wish to try and drive. you can be a Quebecker and still get it from some yahoo driving with no tread tires.
They are on the highway, on shoulder. Mom, 85, can’t move. They called police, said it would “hours, not 2-3 hours, but hours” before they could get them help. They are about a mile from exit, but nothing is moving.
No, I saw the warnings from the N.W.S. and they WERE IN ALL CAPS, SO YOU KNEW THEY WERE SERIES.
Meanwhile, my brother’s school district got 58 inches of snow in a 3 day period and the average temperature was below zero. School was never closed.
We got about 3 feet in the same time period with similar tempts and had one day with a two hour delay.
Not to down play people getting hurt or stuck in places, but even in Atlanta shouldn’t you be prepared for bad weather?
The board of education doesn’t follow weather reports???
Here they make the decision as early as 4am to close schools.
Why would they waste a ton of money on equipment and supplies that would be used once a year if that? Better to cancel school and to have make up days later on.
Lower the air pressure in your tires to about 20 lbs for traction on ice.
Ping for preppers
Sorry, bud. If I lived near there I’d hump a can out to them.
Closest person I know to there lives all the way in Hiawassee.
They don't know how to drive on ice and snow.
You can bet when their tires started spinning they mashed the gas peddle even more.
Is Atlanta and surrounding areas school districts run by Democrats??????????
Private schools also have these issues, as do parents who transport their children regardless of where the children attend school.
“Hubby would have walked ten miles to pick up our children in such a situation!”
Your husband is so well trained!
He is! He is wonderful! :)
I think he learned to walk in blizzards during his childhood. But floods, snow, whatever would not keep him from our children if he thought they needed him.
“Do their tires not have treads?”
Many, practically speaking, don’t. There is no requirement for car inspections (tread included), and conditions are rarely intolerant of bald tires, so many people let their tires wear down to darn near useless. Put that on ice and you get gridlock.
Sort of a LOL. Those of us who live in the land of Little House on the Prairie know all about this stuff and deal accordingly. -43 windchill this past morning = no school.
Hey...appreciate the thought though...thanks.
“More than 24 hours”? Hasn’t even been 12 hours since this mess started.
I learned to walk in blizzards and bad weather too; really makes you sturdy doesn’t it?
I don’t know what to think of this; snow in Georgia? I mean, the South is no stranger to low temps, but realistically this is something else.