Snow days creating problems for parents of students


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/09/2013 9:29 pm Published: 12/09/2013 9:25 pm


Slick side streets are in most neighborhoods and they are bad enough to keep buses from running.

However, since the main roads are clear, most people were back at work Monday.

The parents go back but the kids are still at home, and it's creating some problems for a lot of parents.

FOX23 spoke with Tulsa Public School parent Sandy Breipohl,
who said, "You're caught between a rock and a hard place. It's difficult."

Breipohl's kids are all grown up, but she remembers when snow days created problems.

She said they still are this week for some of her friends.

"You either take a day off from work and stay home, or you have to hire help to come into your home. And you've, you know, you're paying for school, you're paying for child care, or you're losing your salary that day. So, yeah, it's a real difficult decision," Breipohl said.

Jennifer Mount also has a Tulsa Public School student, a 13-year-old daughter who will be out of school for the third day Tuesday.

However Mount said it's pure luck she's not having to make that difficult decision.

"It's a big burden, yeah, for sure. I'm lucky because I'm a Realtor and I can take her with me and go to clients with her. But if I had a standard 8-5 job, it would definitely be a burden," Mount said.

FOX23 News checked with Tulsa public schools about what considerations go into the decision to cancel school.

Spokesman Chris Payne said the decision was based on buses not being able to get through neighborhoods, roads being dangerously slick for kids walking to bus stops and the extreme cold while kids wait for the bus.

While the district feels for parents, they have to focus on what's most important.

"I know it puts a strain. but you know our bottom line concern has to be the safety of the kids," Payne said.

FOX23 checked with the city of Tulsa, and the reason city crews aren't clearing more residential streets is because it adds up overtime costs.

The city has spent more than $40,000 on overtime for street crews so far because of this storm.

After the wind storm this past summer, and this snowstorm, the city now has less than $18,000 left in its overtime budget for any more storms we get this winter.



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Mayor Maynot - 12/10/2013 11:36 AM
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I hear ya B Fan. HOMESCHOOL #8 ^]]

b fan - 12/10/2013 9:31 AM
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Funny on Saturday the city had no trouble using 3 snow plows to clear the route for the Christmas parade at 71st and highway 75 but can't use the plows to do the side streets so our kids can go to school. Business managers were being interviewed on the news expressing their delight, because business had been slow because storm.
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