There was a bit of a blizzard in the Twin Cities on Monday night.
St. Paul schoolchildren were still on buses or remained at a handful of public schools at 9 p.m. Monday, a district spokesperson said.
Toya Stewart Downey did not say how many kids were still affected by the delays caused by Monday’s storm. Shortly before 8 p.m. a number of bus delays were reported on the district’s website, and many bus routes indicated they were three or more hours behind.
Stewart Downey said about 7:30 p.m. that several schools reported buses scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. had yet to do so.
Now, just as a personal aside, the Transportation Department at the SPPS is the one government body in the United States that can’t look at Victor Maduro’s Venezuela and criticize. I’m not sure if their motto is “Do A Bad Job Arrogantly”, but it sure could be.
Now, some parents were unamused and unimpressed with the district’s explanation:
many parents expressed their frustration and concern via social media and in emails and calls to the KSTP newsroom.
A post on the district’s Facebook page, which had more than 160 “likes” as of Tuesday morning, stated, “‘Had we known…’ Are you even serious? Every forecast in the region was clear. The stress and strain you put on families and the children you put in danger when you put them on the roads tonight was absolutely unacceptable. Take responsibility. This was nothing short of very poor planning. Not only did you have a pretty clear radar as early as yesterday, you had enough snow by noon to know what the afternoon would look like. On the other hand, the teachers, aides, students, and parents went above and beyond as usual.”
Another post on the district’s Facebook page stated, in part, “Absolutely unacceptable does not even begin to describe what happened here. I trust that every single senior member of this school district is still in their seats at their desks and will remain so until every last student is home safely, which I understand the police are currently working on.”
Of course, 80-odd percent of these parents will vote for the DFL-endorsed school board that has made not only their kids transportation a sloppy mess, but their education too.
Wonder if charter school kids had that problem?