Parents Frustrated By Snow Delays And School Closings This Winter

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Snow. You either love it or hate it. If you are a parent, you are probably frustrated by it.

Mary Bubala talks to parents about all the delays and closures this winter.

It’s official. All area school systems are out of snow days, and many are in a deficit after some canceled again Tuesday.

It’s been a brutal winter full of missed school days because of the snow.

Parents are fed up and worried about a serious brain drain.

Katie Clarke works from home, but this winter she hasn’t gotten much done with her children constantly having school canceled.

“I make all my calls from home, so it’s really hard when you have the kids,” Clarke said.

Howard County started out with a two-hour delay Tuesday only to cancel school entirely.

Folks are going stir crazy.

With all these days off, video games fill the time—way too common this winter in so many basements across Maryland.

“I don’t think they have had a full week of school or maybe two full weeks of school since Christmas break, and it’s really frustrating. It really is,” said Jeremy Reed, father.

Mother of three Nicole Diehlmann says she’s fed up with being cooped up.

“It’s been very frustrating,” Diehlmann said. “It’s been very long and hard not being able to get out as much as we would like to. It’s been hard without them being on a regular schedule. They’ve been frustrated. I mean they’ve loved it getting out sledding and playing in the snow, but I think they are ready to get back into a routine.”

Even all the two-hour delays this winter throw off the routine, but at least parents can then drop off and get to work a little late.

But when school cancels entirely, parents are stuck with the madness.

Many school systems are asking the state for waivers so they don’t have to extend the school year. Others are taking days away from spring break.

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