Another worthwhile for the parents of CPS students from the ChicagoNOW blog, Ay Mama, about the Snow Days of 2011:And even though the Chicago Public Schools reopened Friday, scores of kids remained home. The roughly 24,000 students who normally ride school buses had to find their own way to school. As a result, attendance plummeted at some schools.
At Burnside Scholastic Magnet, where about two-thirds of kids are usually bused, only 209 of 760 students showed up. Streets were so treacherous around Burnside, 650 E. 91st Place, that even some parents who usually drive their kids to school kept them home.
Now, from a mother's perspective it is very hard to entertain children on snow days. I know Tuesday, I was excited for all of us to be home and just chill or veg all day. I even told Gaby that we should do everything that evening as if we were going to go to school/work the next day. So on Wednesday we can just watch TV and movies, play games (UNO and Wii), etc. Well, Tuesday evening we prepared to veg on Wednesday. About 8 everyone was in the living room watching TV and snow, excited to see what this storm would bring.
Wednesday morning, we looked out the window to see what mother nature had brought us. It was unbelievable. My daughters were in awe. We were also watching the news to see how the rest of the city was faring during this time. Then we had breakfast, cleaned up, played UNO, watched more TV and more looking out the window. By the afternoon it was a little on the boring side. The girls could have more of this but I couldn't I also realized, that given the condition of the city we would have another snow day on Thursday. By 3:00 it was announced, another snow day.
Thursday was the same as Wednesday. This lounging was starting to get old. Plus, a mother's job is never done. There was still the accumulating dishes and clothes, beds to be made, and toys needed to be picked up. The girls had enough movies, TV and games. Running around became the new thing to do. Then it was hide and seek. They were having a lot of fun. We went outside for a few minutes for pictures and some snow playing. Gaby and Karla only managed about 15 minutes, while Andrea could only take 5 minutes. They enjoyed what they could.
I'm sure many mothers were happy to hear classes resumed Friday for CPS, But I feel for the mothers whose children go to private school or suburban schools. Many of them were going to have a 5 day weekend. This includes my daughters. While I'm at work, they are by my sister-in-law's house with their 3 cousins since last night. I hope my sister-in-law is sane and in one piece when I get home this afternoon. Thank you Manuela. We'll see what the next storm brings us. Ay mama!