What you, as a child, never knew is that school districts had to prepare for this inclement weather, especially if snow started falling or the roads became too icy for school buses to get children home safely.
Emergency procedures would be enacted to guarantee children's safety.
Add another potential emergency to the list of extenuating circumstances requiring the cancellation of school: black riots. [In advance of grand jury decision, schools remind parents of emergency procedures, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10-24-14]:
The Ferguson-Florissant and Clayton school districts sent letters to parents this week with reminders of emergency procedures should classes be canceled, delayed or dismissed early.
Schools typically send reminders before winter begins of inclement weather procedures. But the districts want parents to be especially cognizant this year as the public awaits a decision from the St. Louis County grand jury on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“Should any event occur during school hours which presents a concern for public safety, a decision will be made as soon as possible regarding any necessary changes to the school day schedule, and we will evaluate whether bus transportation will be possible depending on several factors including road closures impacting bus routes,” Ferguson-Florissant’s Acting Superintendent Larry Larrew wrote.
The schools also are reminding parents to alert their school of any updates to phone numbers or emergency contacts who are allowed to pick up their child.
“While we try not to close school early due to weather-related concerns, there could be other emergency situations where parents/guardians are asked to pick up students early from school. Every family should have a plan for picking up children from school in such a situation,” wrote Chris Tennill, Clayton’s chief communication officer.
The Riverview Gardens School District is doing the same, and working with local churches where clergy are also reminding parents on Sunday to update student information cards.
Law enforcement departments in Ferguson, St. Louis and Missouri are doing their best to audition for the next season of National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers. [Police prepare for grand jury decision in Ferguson, Yahoo.com, 10-24-14]:
Police are attempting to better document events and handle widespread arrests more efficiently. To ensure the state Highway Patrol is at full strength, it is limiting trooper vacations around the time of a potential decision, and local police may be put on longer shifts.
After the initial clashes with protesters, the state Highway Patrol purchased more shields and equipment for its officers. St. Louis city police recently spent $325,000 upgrading helmets, sticks and other "civil disobedience equipment," said Police Chief Sam Dotson.
A day off of school for a snow day or for fear of black mob violence? If I were a kid in St. Louis, I'd take either, though you couldn't enjoy being outside if the latter is the reason school is cancelled...More than 350 St. Louis officers now have been trained in civil disobedience tactics. St. Louis County police and state troopers also have undergone training, focused largely on ensuring they understand protesters' constitutional rights.