Tulsa schools opened despite snow, sleet

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 2/05 9:08 am Published: 2/04 4:41 pm

TULSA, Okla. - A lot of parents of students at Remington Elementary kept their students home because of the winter weather.

Officials told FOX23 only about half the kids showed up today. Part of the reason is the hills drivers have to take to get to the school. On Tuesday morning, one school bus slid sideways trying to navigate a hill.

“I was very surprised. I was not so much worried about this morning, but this afternoon,” said Catherine Darwin, a parent of a Remington student told FOX23 this morning.

As it turned out, Darwin thinks the district made the right call since things cleared up so much this afternoon.

So does Ron Farmer.

“They need to be in school. We have too many, we’ve already missed too many days, and it’s going to be to the point where it’s hurting the kids,” said Farmer.

Though, he understands why some parents kept their kids home.

“They might not feel quite as comfortable driving with the conditions like this,” he said.

But after five snow days so far this winter, including Monday, Amanda Horne was relieved not to have her five kids at home today.

“Being cooped up in the house they have a lot of energy. And it’s better to put their energy on learning something,” she said.

And even though only half of them made it in, Dr. Cassandra Funderburk, principal of Remington, told FOX23 she made sure they were learning.

“We’re warm, and we’re learning. And so for the kids that are here, we’re having a wonderful educational day here,” she said.

But with all of this precipitation likely refreezing overnight, it’s anybody’s guess whether even half the kids will be in school tomorrow.

For the past 35 years living on this hill has been "very entertaining,” according to Sanford Fitzgerald.

He told FOX23 that every time there’s ice or snow he and his wife Rose have front-row seats for the show.

“We see everybody slide up and down the hill. We’ve seen the city trucks come by with the salt and sand stuff and get stuck in the middle of the hill,” he said.

Fitzgerald can’t remember how many cars he’s rescued, but these days, “usually, any time that they, we have any kind of snow they usually shut it down because the city doesn’t come by and salt and sand.”

Remington parent Farmer is concerned, “That could be an issue,” said Farmer.

Based on past history, if Fitzgerald were to guess the conditions, “It will be about the same, just about the same.”

Attendance for TPS was at 66.19 percent today. About 26,260 kids were in class today. Total enrollment is at 39,674.

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