Heated Tweets Hurled at MCPS For Not Cancelling School Despite Freezing Temps

Speak out: Do you think MCPS made the right call?

This was one several Tweets responding to the decision not to close Montgomery County Public Schools despite subzero temperatures.
This was one several Tweets responding to the decision not to close Montgomery County Public Schools despite subzero temperatures.

Updated 4 p.m.—Too cool for school? Not in Montgomery County, which was a problem for some parents and students who took issue with the MCPS decision not to cancel school despite below-zero weather.

Montgomery County Public Schools were closed last week as an arctic punch left much of the East Coast frozen. 

"We closed because there was snow and ice on the ground, not because it was cold," Montgomery County PUblic Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said in an email to Patch. Tofig was responding to an earlier version of this story that stated MCPS had closed because it was cold.

Tuesday’s high temperatures were projected to reach 14 degrees, with a wind chills as low as -9, the effects of an arctic punch freezing the eastern two thirds of the country, according to the National Weather Service.

Tofig Tweeted Tuesday morning that Captain James E. Daly Elementary School, Jackson Road Elementary School, White Oak Middle School, and Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School "had to close early [Tuesday] due to weather-related issues."

But there were no mass cancellations this week, despite the cold.

And this left some parents fuming on social media, with parents and students Tweeted their grievances directly to Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr.

We’ve compiled this list of the more colorful tweets (if you’re having trouble viewing them, you can check out our Storify here)

While some of the Tweets were tongue-and-cheek—like one the Twitter user who posted what on first blush looked like a movie poster for the Disney film “Frozen,” but with a list of public high schools in Montgomery County.

Then there were Tweets were from unnerved parents, many echoing what was in Twitter user @SEScheiner’s post:

“As an MCPC alumna and parent of 3 MCPS students, I couldn't be more disappointed. Shameful decision.”


>>> Speak Out: Do you think it was wise for Montgomery County Public Schools not to close Tuesday, despite biting cold temperatures?

Connie January 07, 2014 at 01:18 PM
will post again as apparently my other comment was deleted - and YES YES, very very irresponsbile for not cancelling schools in Montgomery county today. Fortunately my child drives and her car got heated up by her dad but else I would have kept her home. A little common sense could be expected from so called educated people!!
Maryland January 07, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Not canceling school was the right move. As long as the air temp is above zero (note--this is NOT the wind chill, but the actual air temperature), it's ok to have school, especially when there is little to no snow on the ground. Parents should make sure that the children have proper clothing -- hats, down coats, scarves/mufflers, boots, thick socks, mittens, thermal underwear, sweaters, thick fabric clothing, etc. If you can drive your kid to school in these types of conditions, or wait with them in a car or heated vehicle at a bus stop, then do it. How do you think people up north function every winter? Generations of children up north have been educated every winter when the temps are normally between 0 and 25 degrees during the day, every day. The DC area is not so far south that we shouldn't expect some cold and snow (remember Snowmaggeddon?) and be prepared for it. And no, folks up north aren't better suited to this kind of stuff more than any other human. They just prepare for it and deal with it. I do think that schools and businesses should be closed when the high air temperature is zero or less, similar to the weather in the Midwest right now. So good for the MCPS superintendent. right call.
Charles Kruzits January 08, 2014 at 08:28 AM
I am 24-years old and I can't recall ever missing a day of school because it was "too" cold. I recently moved down to Maryland after living my entire life in Philadelphia and I can honestly say I've never seen a state go into such a panic over cold weather & snow. 3-inches of snow closed my office and surrounding schools, I thought it was a joke. It's great to see schools putting the health & safety of their students first, but, we need to do it at the right times. If it's below zero with whipping winds I understand, but, if the school has heat I don't see an issue. If you wish to keep your child home, parents have every right.
Marc Shiman January 08, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Truthfully, I think the same parents that are complaining about the cold are the same ones that would be happy to take their children on a family ski trip to Colorado to spend the whole day outside in much colder temperatures. Dressed appropriately, children will be fine in 0 degree weather in limited doses.
Skye Anderson January 08, 2014 at 09:58 AM
When it is cold, you put on more clothes. If you think it is too cold (dangerous) for your child to go to school, you drive him/her or have them stay home. We are all adults and must use our best judgement.
ruizlila7 January 08, 2014 at 02:05 PM
I think that MCPS had to cancel schools when it was below o temperature that are bad for our health for kids that have to walk so this is a bad choice and my kids school the pipes are bad and they have school they should cancel in this conditions


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