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Update: Ridgewood Closed, Glen Rock Schools Have Delayed Opening Wednesday

Glen Rock schools to start at 10 a.m., Ridgewood schools will not be open.

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Glen Rock schools were to open on a delayed schedule and Ridgewood schools were closed entirely for the day Wednesday due to icy weather.

Both had initially announced delayed openings early Tuesday evening. In Glen Rock, all schools will run on a delayed schedule and open at 10 a.m.

The closing is Ridgewood's second of the school year, having used a snow day Jan. 3 when the first winter storm of 2014 hit the region.

Students in both districts were released early Tuesday as a winter storm blanketed the area with snow and brought a wind chill around zero. Wind chills were expected to remain in the single digits Wednesday, with no further snow predicted by the National Weather Service.
Willard January 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Closing the schools today is a joke...the planned two hour delay was more than adequate. The roads are perfectly fine.
JV January 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Closing schools is not just about whether students can get to the buildings. It's also about whether staff can get there safely. Many staff members live in places where the roads are not perfectly fine today.
Willard January 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM
I am sorry, but that is complete b.s.
JV January 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I suspect you are not someone who works in a school. I am, and I work with people who have to drive nearly an hour from parts of the state where conditions are worse than here. I have heard from some who have said their streets are very difficult for safe driving. I also suspect from your response that you are someone who does not want to be told anything that does not conform with your firm opinion, which is certainly your right. Whatever your view, no one can change the fact that schools are closed today. I am quite sincere when I suggest that a call to the superintendent would be welcomed and would provide a forum for you to speak directly to the issue with the person who has to make the decision. It might help you get a direct perspective from him, or it might give you the chance to provide helpful insight for the next time something like this happens. Either way, you can't lose anything, and you might help.
Willard January 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM
So you close an entire school board because some say that their roads are very difficult for safe driving? As a result, 100% of the parents now have to figure out child care because of some who might have streets that haven't been plowed to their satisfaction? In the rest of the world, those who can't make it take a vacation/sick day and the rest go to school/work. I love how educators throw around the word 'safety' to justify their actions. The roads are perfectly dry, the rest of the world is at work except for all the parents who had to stay at home today because a couple BOE employees don't like driving in the snow.
Resident25 January 22, 2014 at 02:20 PM
This is the third discussion about the schools that winds up being a childcare issue. I do not mind that school is closed. Willard, if you had friends you might have been able to work something out. That is what I did when my kids were young. You need to find another working parent to trade with you. Do not ask a parent who gave up his/her job and income to stay home with their own kids to watch yours. Working parents need to support each other.
Willard January 22, 2014 at 02:30 PM
In a certain way I get your point...if the schools really needed to be closed. The roads are dry, and the rest of Bergen County is at work while our BOE thinks it is too dangerous for the staff to travel. To add insult to injury, they went beyond a two hour delay which was announced last night and canceled school at 5am, hours after the snow stopped. My point is simply that closing the schools when they don't need to be closed is just wrong and a undue burden for all parents. Again, the rest of the county is at work.
Resident25 January 22, 2014 at 03:31 PM
It was a burden for some working parents who do not have a backup plan. I worked when my kids were young and I always prepared for the worst. Netter to be safe than sorry. So the schools were closed and someone thinks that they should be open. Nothing you can do about that. The schools do not exist for childcare. Your problem is that your job is not flexible. Don't blame the school system because your employer is not flexible with parents. Your issue is with your job. Lots of businesses had delayed opening and many allowed employees - even those without young children - to work from home today.
Willard January 22, 2014 at 03:39 PM
To begin with, this has nothing to do with my child care as I am at work and my spouse is at home, so please stop the lecture on how my job is not flexible as you are not in control of your facts. Schools exist for learning, and in order for that to happen they need to be open. Furthermore, my issue is not with the school system per se, it is with our BOE and the fact that they bagged a school day and played the safety card when the streets are all clear and the entire county is at work. For the few BOE staff who "couldn't make it" they should have taken a sick day and the schools should have been open. Again, my point is that the schools shouldn't have been closed in the first place.
Resident25 January 22, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Big deal, they closed for one day. Why is this a hardship. Your husband should enjoy a found day with his kids. It is a gift .
Willard January 22, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Resident25- again you are mistaken. For the record, 1. My wife is at home as she is most days 2. This isn't about a "gift", it is about our kids going to school 3. The point remains the same, the BOE should never have canceled school 4. The hardship is with every parent who had to scramble simply because a few BOE staff wanted a day off. 5. Again, the roads are all clear, the rest of the county is at work.
Resident25 January 22, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Willard. Chill out. I have never heard of anyone so jacked about a snow day. What are you like when you have a real problem? It really seems like you don't like having the kids around. Have you considered boarding school? It might fit your lifestyle better.
Willard January 22, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Really? You sure do think you have all the answers don't you? I just wanted my kids to go to school, you seem to just want to analyze others.
Resident25 January 22, 2014 at 05:19 PM
You were desperate for your kids to go to school. It is easy to analyze you. Reread your posts. Nobody was injured and nobody died. It was just an unexpected day off. You need some perspective.
The Fly January 22, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Get it right the first time that's the main thing . . .

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