Preparing for a hurricane is never easy; neither is recovering from one. Granted, there are certainly precautions and measures to put in place that make the process slightly easier, and, if anything, exercising common sense and carefulness is the least one can do to ensure that people are kept safe in the aftermath of a catastrophic storm.
Various school systems in North Carolina apparently didn’t get the memo, as they callously placed students and staff in harm’s way by opening schools early last week despite thousands of homes being damaged and/or without power, several roadways littered by fallen trees and other debris and half of the state completely underwater.
I understand that canceling class isn’t an easy call to make. There are plenty of logistical complexities and extraneous details involved with scheduling, and shortening an already-limited academic year is far from simple. There are only so many school days, after all.
But it’s just school. Class can be made up — illness, injury and death cannot be.
Some schools were extremely cautious: many didn’t have class at all last week, with the roads being far too hazardous to travel on. Various counties kept their schools closed, and many along the coast likely won’t have class for some time as they work to rebuild after receiving record amounts of rainfall and flooding. Flood waters on I-40 near Wilmington, North Carolina, finally receded this weekend, and other locations are still experiencing flooding.