Students get snow day schooling on Twitter (again)
School boards call for calm as students, parents contest no-snow-day call
Readers may recall how on a snow day earlier this year, Toronto-area school boards had some snappy responses to students complaining on Twitter about the no-snow-day call.
A month later, the decision to keep classes open remains unpopular.
This morning many students were upset that Toronto-area schools decided to keep classes open, while cancelling bus service, due to last night's snow storm.
And again, their complaints got a sharp responses from school board accounts. This morning's Twitter star was the Peel School Board (@PeelSchools).
Here's how things went down this morning:
Just before 6 a.m. the board tweeted that while buses are cancelled, classes are open. The cartoon accompanying that tweet suggests the board knew what might be coming.
On March 2, ALL Peel Board buses & bused activities are cancelled. Schools & board offices remain open. Remember... <a href="https://t.co/yYetUH4x1K">pic.twitter.com/yYetUH4x1K</a>—@PeelSchools
Some expressed frustration, but the board implored everyone to be nice.
<a href="https://twitter.com/PeelSchools">@PeelSchools</a> while people tweet some obnoxious things you can understand people's frustration about walking through 15 cm of snow.—@LTDlatrell
The board also pointed out that snow days make for busy mornings.
Monitoring multiple board social media acts, responding to posts & trying to get ready at the same time has me like <a href="https://t.co/bdaqTdITeo">pic.twitter.com/bdaqTdITeo</a>—@PeelSchools
More rudeness, more calls for calm from the school board.
<a href="https://twitter.com/Ernest_xaviar">@Ernest_xaviar</a> Hi, I'm not dumb. Please reevaluate your opinion of me & the types of tweets you think are appropriate.—@PeelSchools
And while some were entertained by the exchanges on the school board's Twitter feed, the board pointed out that it isn't all fun and games.
<a href="https://twitter.com/PeelSchools">@PeelSchools</a> watching your feed like <a href="https://t.co/4iEZG6XX9o">pic.twitter.com/4iEZG6XX9o</a>—@ObelizeVerb
<a href="https://twitter.com/ObelizeVerb">@ObelizeVerb</a> if they were watching our notifications, they'd be like. Not me though. I'm cool. <a href="https://t.co/7zthO6ZjWK">pic.twitter.com/7zthO6ZjWK</a>—@PeelSchools
Then another call to be nice.
Listen, I get that you may be upset, but why would you ever want to say anything rude to me? Me? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DontBeAMeanie?src=hash">#DontBeAMeanie</a> <a href="https://t.co/tG1IebYt2P">pic.twitter.com/tG1IebYt2P</a>—@PeelSchools
Students who don't use school buses asked if they would be penalized for not attending school, and got their answer.
<a href="https://twitter.com/ajaytiwary98">@ajaytiwary98</a> no—@PeelSchools
Some parents also complained, raising a question about the safety of cancelling buses but leaving schools open. Again, the board responded.
<a href="https://twitter.com/mschiralli77">@mschiralli77</a> you don't have to send your child to school. Your choice always.—@PeelSchools
The board also clarified that snow day calls aren't about money.
<a href="https://twitter.com/_sxdhuu">@_sxdhuu</a> we don't lose money on Snow Days. That's a myth.—@PeelSchools
The Toronto School Board was also busy on Twitter. In one response, they pointed out that there's been only one snow day in the TDSB in the last 10 years.
<a href="https://twitter.com/lauramjbee">@lauramjbee</a> You're right. In the TDSB it almost never happens. There has only been one in at least 10 years.—@tdsb