Snowy Mountain Pond

A bit of sunshine and blue sky peeks through the cloud above the snow-covered ground and a pond on Old Mink Farm Road near Thurmont on Monday morning. Much of the higher elevations on the mountain received a layer of snow overnight.

Some residents in higher elevation areas that received snow Monday morning said Frederick County Public Schools should have delayed the start of the school day to allow time to clear the roads.

FCPS didn’t delay school because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) didn’t forecast snow Monday morning, said Eric Louérs-Phillips, director of public affairs for FCPS.

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Where I grew up in northern New York, we got 265 inches of snow every winter season. We never closed schools or delayed them. You were expected to get there if you could. They plowed the sidewalks with horses, until after WWII, then with four wheel drive jeeps. The horses did a better job, never got stuck, never spun wheels.

One day we got about five feet of snow, the nose plows in town could make one path, school was held that day until noon. Our school hours were 8 to 4, for high school, shorter for lower grades.

We all had ice skates, skis and rifle. Went cross country skiing all the time. Usually, by Christmas we could ski over the barb wire fences. We shoveled ponds after Thanksgiving for ice skating, about December 15th they flooded the tennis courts for skating and flooded them every day for better skating.


Thee good old days


Makes sense to adjust time for schools affected more by snow than others, And why close schools because a few cannot make it?


As always, borderline snow amounts or uneven amounts depending on elevation create a “no win” for FCPS. ULTIMATELY, parents can decide to keep their children home or make alternate arrangements. Blaming the school system doesn’t help


I'll agree, to a point, hay. However, this is about FCPS policy. Frederick County is a big county, the largest in the state in land mass and topography differences. A "one-size fits all" policy rarely fits anybody. FCPS needs to go back to their old policy, based on the needs of a particular geographic location.


If they delayed, parents would complain. If they don't delay, parents complain. You're never going to win. It's rather simple though. If you don't feel it is safe for your children to travel to school, then keep them home for the day. Problem solved. Instead of blaming someone else, take ownership of your situation.


Agree, 100%, well said.


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Exactly, npr. If it snows in Emmitsburg, but nothing in Brunswick, should the entire FCPS system take a snow day? Makes no sense at all. Don't think it's safe to have your kids go to school, take a day off from work and stay home with them. Either that, or implement the online class option for snow days.


spot on!




Agreed Greg and public. It has become pathetic.

When I was in college, the school bus company I worked for sent me out in a van to pick up disabled students, when there was a foot of snow on the roads. Snow tires but no extra weight for traction.

Even when they did plow the roads they left a couple inches of snow and mixed sand with it.

Granted, that was Madison, WI but FredCo is not in a southern state that never gets ice/snow. If we were on the gulf coast I could understand the wide-spread freak-outs over a dusting of snow, but that's not the case. Here the reaction is just absurd.

Greg F

Yep…8” was the marker for a snow day. I recall skipping to go out hunting in about a foot In Wisconsin and ended up behind a school bus going through snow with chains on. Kids went.


Where I grew up, it took at least 8 inches of snow to delay or cancel school.


When I was young, I wanted three miles in the snow, backwards.


Only three miles?? Lucky you!😋


Up hill both ways!!


Lucky!!! We weren’t allowed to walk backwards. We had to face straight into the wind.

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