Yesterday afternoon my school district announced today would be a remote learning day due to the expected very high winds. Never as a child or an adult has this happened to me before, so I am pretty concerned.
Typically on 'inclement weather days', kids and teachers just get the day off and it is a grand old time. COVID changed that of course, since my district purchased an iPad for every single student, down to our very littlest learners (please, explain to me how staring at a device for hours is good for four-year-olds. I'll wait.) On these days our district offices remain open and administrators are required to report to their buildings.
Just now we received word that our district building is closing at noon due to weather updates just released. THAT also never happens unless shit is serious.
It's kind of appalling seeing and hearing complaints from people about no school today. People, especially those who no longer have children in school, seem to forget that lots of kids walk or ride buses. Bus kids + walkers + 70 MPH winds = DEADLY. Not to mention in these conditions even SUVs and such are not exactly safe. Or my little car that weighs ten pounds and is made out of tinfoil. (Not really, but it is a Chevy Sonic, so it is pretty light.)
My district is the largest in the city and usually whatever we do, the smaller suburban districts follow suit. Eleanor is in one of those smaller districts and they also closed today, but others around the city are still open.
Even as I am typing this, the wind gusts are really picking up. Last I read, it was supposed to start this afternoon, with peak winds between 2 and 6 PM. Not just a little wind, but hurricane-force winds. We will probably lose power like the bad storm this summer, where some people were without power for up to two weeks. Hurricane force winds caused so much damage, downed lines and tree limbs blanketed streets, and transformers exploded. It was not fun, but luckily we were only without power for about 24 hours.
Hopefully things go better this time around and the damage is minimal. Or maybe the winds just calm the fuck down and it ends up being a false alarm. THAT would be great. In any event, we would appreciate prayers, happy thoughts, good vibes, or whatever it is you throw out into the universe!