Last year I wrote to The Current commenting on snow days and snow delays from school. Not much has changed. This habit of closing or delaying school for every weather warning is one of the most exasperating aspects of life for working parents in the Hudson Valley. Sometimes school is closed or delayed when just an inch of snow is predicted. Parents must cancel work at the last minute, sometimes missing opportunities that have been planned months or weeks in advance, and scramble to find and pay for alternative childcare that might not be available the moment a snowflake shows up.
It snows here and gets cold and icy every winter. Climate change or not, it will likely still snow here and get cold and icy every winter. Is it not possible for the school districts to collaborate with the municipalities to factor this into their planning? Is it not possible to get the plows and sanders out in time for the school run? Or to have an alternative bus route for snowy mornings?
Everyone else seems to manage pretty well. The economy does not stop. Shops, banks, offices and the railway remain open, and yet children are left behind because school shuts its doors. If we continue like this, Hudson Valley children are guaranteed a stunted education while their parents struggle more than ever to make ends meet, all because of the weather.
Zoe Antitch, Cold Spring
Main Street merchants should be reminded that they must shovel and clear the ice in front of their businesses. The same goes for the bed-and-breakfast and houses on lower Main, who in my experience rarely shovel. On Feb. 15 I was walking to the train and slipped on black ice in front of Ellen Hayden Galleries. I was thinking to myself as I approached — wow, they finally cleared the snow! And wham, down I went. I was soaking wet and had to go home and change. I missed my train and was late for work.
Janet Roman, Cold Spring
Editor’s note: According to the Village of Cold Spring code, owners and occupants of each building in the village have up to 18 hours after a snowfall to clear a 3-foot-wide path in front of their buildings. In addition, the sidewalks in front of businesses must be clear between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. If ice can’t be removed within 18 hours, the code says it must be covered with enough sand or calcium chloride (rock salt and salt are prohibited) that pedestrians can walk over it safely.