Letter: Closing decision made with safety in mindThis is written in response to the school closing on Nov. 11, 2008.
By: Sherry Benton, Worthington, Worthington Daily Globe
This is written in response to the school closing on Nov. 11, 2008.
If you have personally never sat at the helm of an organization, school, business or activity that could be affected by weather for the attendance at this event and involve the safety of those people involved, it is a tremendous responsibility. Sometimes a grave mishap is the result of not being cautious.
These decisions are not made with a quick judgment call, but are a calculated decision with many people involved in the input of the final call to cancel or reschedule the event, school and businesses.
These decisions have to be made well ahead of time as people are on the road and heading to work, school or events before the starting time.
The weather is not always the same within the city limits as it is out on the interstate or the country gravel roads. The gravel roads were treacherous on Tuesday morning. They did not have the great thaw that the city streets did. The thaw was slow.
Also after the call has been made to react to the weather conditions, the storm cells can move out of the area and not be as dangerous later as they were at the original call time. These are circumstances that cannot be predicted, but I would rather have those decisions made for safety than risk.