Evergreen parents frustrated over no snow day

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by Nina Mehlhaf, KGW Staff

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Some parents of students in the Evergreen School District were upset Tuesday that classes weren't cancelled due to snow and icy roads in the area.

Tuesday's snow was enough for several school districts in Clark County to delay or cancel classes.  But no so for Evergreen.

The decision to go ahead with a normal start time for Evergreen students in Vancouver sent angry parents to Facebook to vent their frustrations.

Snow was falling well into the school commute. The Vancouver School District went on a two-hour delay and Battle Ground cancelled all classes because of the slick conditions. But Evergreen didn't follow along.

On the district's Facebook page, a string of comments argued the merits of at least a two-hour delay. Parents wrote comments like "Why are we risking accidents with keeping school open today?" Another said the decision was "putting children's lives at risk." Parents wrote that last Friday's snowstorm sent cars sliding around near schools.

The district was defending itself, saying the school buses made the routes safely Tuesday morning and it was up to parents to decide whether they feel safe to drive to school.

"If we had delayed or closed school, we would have had the parents who said, 'The roads are fine, why did you delay or close school?'," said Gail Spolar, communications director for the Evergreen School District. "It's really about a balancing act. We're out there, we're driving all the roads, and we're making the best decision that we can at that time."

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