By COLlive reporter
If the bad weather wasn’t enough to deal with on Thursday morning, there was also the confusion.
Crown Heights homes which have children learning in Associated Beth Rivkah Schools got an early morning call that classes will be taking place, despite the heavy winter storm.
Some 8 to 12 inches of snow is expected in New York City and surrounding suburbs on Thursday. The forecast calls for the snow to turn into a wintry mix or all rain in the late afternoon Thursday before changing back to snow.
The National Weather Service said an additional 2 to 5 inches could fall Thursday evening.
Being told there was school, girls of all ages and their teachers trudged off to school, braving the elements down to the buildings on both Lefferts Avenue and Crown Street.
After they got to school, Elementary School students found out they were being sent back home on the school buses.
In High School, at 8:40 am, as students were arriving, Principal Mrs. Sheindel Tiechtel made an announcement in the shul that school has been cancelled, and following davening the girls would be dismissed.
“It’s not right! You don’t do that!” one student complained. “If school is going to be cancelled, you should do it before we walk in the snow!”
All the girls who came to school will be receiving an extra late pass, they were told.
The Bnos Menachem School also announced that school is open today. However by 9:15 am, parents were told that preschool might be cancelled. One of the school’s buses reportedly got stuck in the snow and never made it to school at all.
“I don’t know what I will do if they do cancel it,” one frustrated mother told COLlive. “Once they are in school, they should at least make some sort of class for those that arrived safely.”
Shortly afterwards, the school called parents to inform them that all the students would be sent home by bus at 12:30 pm.
“There has to be a better system in the case of bad weather,” another mother said. “Decisions should be made no later than 7:30 am, to give people time to plan and time to find out.”
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for much of the area.
In the city, the Office of Emergency Management has issued a hazardous travel advisory and winter storm warning for Thursday and Friday.