We know what everyone's talking about this morning: The two-hour school delay because of frigid temperatures. (Update: CMS has just announced that schools will open two hours late again on Wednesday.)
Such delays are part of the winter routine in surrounding counties, but rare for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which decided Monday to join the late-start crowd. Officials say the delay will keep buses off possibly icy roads and protect kids from standing outside during the pre-sunrise cold.
Previous leaders of CMS had decided the district's bus schedule was too big and complex to accommodate late starts or early dismissals. For about a decade, it was all-or-nothing when bad weather hit. Last January, with new leaders in place, CMS pulled off an early dismissal with no major problems (blog readers had fun trying to figure out when the last such event happened; it proved surprisingly hard to document).
By making the call Monday afternoon, CMS gave families time to prepare for the schedule shake-up. And delays, unlike closings, don't require makeup days.
But as any superintendent will tell you, there are two decisions guaranteed to make you unpopular: Student assignment changes and dealing with bad weather. The delay is bound to cause strain for parents who don't get a two-hour delay in their work schedules. And we'll certainly hear from some folks from northern regions who can't believe we consider this cold.
So if you're sitting at home watching the thermometer, let us know what you think and how the delay works for you. Winter has just begun. Should delayed starts become part of the CMS routine?