Snow day options for working parents

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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 2/03 6:02 pm Published: 2/03 11:09 am

Most school districts around Green Country have run out of snow days.

They've burned through all of the days built into the calendar for this school year.

FOX23 investigated what options parents have when kids are out of school, because they've still got to go to work.

Playtime Plus is a part-time drop-in childcare center in south Tulsa. FOX23 was there as several parents dropped off their kids Monday morning. Many of them told us it's a lifesaver.

"A lot of them come in and are like, 'Oh my God! You're open!" said Wilma Riggs, who runs Playtime Plus.

Riggs tells us some parents are starting to get desperate. They've taken their kids into the work office a few times already this year, because of snow, and sometimes it's just not possible.

"It's busy all the time. I can't watch my kids while I'm working. Plus, they're bored there, and my boss wouldn't like that, on top of it," said Stacy Minihan.

She takes her kids to Playtime Plus, so she can work at a nearby restaurant.

"I mean they can't take their kids with them. Some of them can't take their kids with them. They work in the medical field, and they can't take their kids with them, but they need to go to work. You have to pay the bills," said Riggs.

"This place is amazing. They're a lifesaver," Sabrina Widick told FOX23 News.

She dropped her daughter, Alex, off at Playtime Plus, so she could attend class at NSU. She's studying to be a teacher.

"I'm a single parent of two. If I miss work, it hurts me, it hurts my pocket, it hurts my kids. It hurts everything," said Minihan.

Since they're a part-time center, they can watch a child for six hours a day, up to 24 hours a week. Sometimes that's all it takes to cover things, so mom and dad can juggle their schedules and make it work.

"No matter: snow, sleet, blizzard, hurricane, tornado, I'm going to have to go to work," said Minihan.

"Most day cares close when school is closed. For a lot of (parents), it makes a big difference," said Riggs.

Riggs tells FOX23 News when school is closed two days in a row, Playtime Plus is usually busier on the second day, because parents may stay home the first day, but then as work starts piling up, they don't have that option again. With more snow in the forecast, Riggs thinks they'll see even more school-aged kids at Playtime Plus tomorrow.

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XoxoBsbd - 2/3/2014 3:35 PM
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So you investigated options and all you come up with is an obvious advertisement disguised as a news article for ONE drop off daycare? What about Polliwogs? Wow, great investigative journalism to fully inform people of all their options. Not.

Mayor Maynot - 2/3/2014 2:39 PM
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OMG HOMESCHOOL:-It's sooner than you think.
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