Despite the snow yesterday morning, two area school systems — Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County — remained open. By the afternoon, CEOs of both school systems issued apologies for remaining open despite treacherous travel conditions. But the one from Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton goes into a skid at the end.
Thornton first explains that Tuesday’s decision was “more challenging” because the forecast was “mixed.” That makes sense. It’s not always easy to make the call. Weather can be very hard to predict. “I want to apologize to the students, families, and staff members who experienced difficult travel conditions this morning,” he writes. Cool. He goes on: “but I also want to thank the thousands of teachers, school leaders, and students who attended today for their commitment to teaching and learning.” Hmm. That’s fair, I guess, in the context of an apology. New paragraph: “At City Schools, we will continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our students and families.” Wait, what? Opening schools despite hazardous weather isn’t going “above and beyond the call of duty;” it’s failing in one’s duty. Slick roads are not an opportunity for faculty and students to prove their “commitment to teaching and learning.” That’s absurd.
In Anne Arundel, three students suffered weather-related injuries. In Baltimore, there were seven weather-related school bus accidents. Baltimore Schools spokeswoman Edie House told the Baltimore Sun there were no children on any of the buses and the accidents didn’t result in injuries.
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