Some schools closed for icy, snowy weather, others remained open
FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Schools around the Miami Valley made the decision to close Friday in anticipation of the icy and snowy conditions, while others made the call to let out early.
FOX 45 went out to talk to parents about the decisions made by the districts, and got mixed reviews.
"They started at 9:30, now they've got to get out at 1:10," Jackie Hale said, "so they start getting ready to leave by 12:30, 12:45 or so."
Hale was at Fairborn Primary School to pick up a grandson and said instead of going to school for four hours, his classes should have been canceled today.
"It's wear and tear on the buses, the schools, teachers had to come in," Hale said. "Now parents got to find ways to get their kids back home."
The school district's spokesperson said the decision to let school out two hours early was because of the bad weather that was coming.
Hale acknowledged students were recently out of class .
"Because they missed the first week of the new year, they missed the whole week because the plumbing and heat were bad, had water freeze ups and stuff so I thought maybe they're trying to catch up some time where they missed it," Hale said.
Megan Crank picked up her daughter and nephew at Fairborn Primary, and she was not happy about the early dismissal.
"I think it's crazy," she said. "There's nothing going on weather-wise. There's no point of early dismissal makes it more complicated for parents."
She said her schedule had to be changed.
"I had to leave work early, I had to move things around and it causes problems," Crank said. "I'm losing hours 'cause I have to be here to get the kids and I don't have nobody to pick them up."
Some schools like Kettering and Centerville decided not to close at all. It was a little after 2:30 when students headed home. There wasn't any snow on the ground, but freezing rain had started to fall.
One mom didn't mind that school was open today.
"I think a lot of it is Kettering is more like, you have to make them up at the end of the year or something like that," Joyce Ford said. "That's all I can think of and it wasn't that bad. It's coming now."
Kettering wouldn't comment on its decision to have class, and Centerville never returned our calls.
Students will be out of school on Monday as well for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday.