I've experienced a great variety of winter-weather since moving to Oklahoma City in 1971, but this type of ice storm really ranks up there in the problems it has caused for our entire state. People all across Oklahoma are just trying to survive some of the issues associated with the storm. For some, the closing of their schools doesn't rank at the top of the list.
As I said in an earlier post, the decision to close school is done with the safety of our kids, teachers and school employees in mind. I was in Overland Park, Kansas for the Western Region Leadership Conference when this storm also hit in the Kansas City area. A 16-year old student was killed on the way to school when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over because of the weather conditions. No one wants to see parents bury a child.
All of the parents, teachers, administrators and even some of the students I've talked with, are ready to get back to school. Let's hope that the next snow scheduled for Oklahoma this weekend fizzles out and we don't have to deal with another Oklahoma winter-weather storm.