... The only thing that I feel is acceptable to cancel or delay is school if it is so cold the buses won't run. We had a few dead buses on the side of the road this morning which isn't the smartest thing.
Well - would that not be the crux of my point? Someone didn't plan to get out of bed EARLY, check the busses, and get them started so that the SCHEDULE can stay intact! Maybe they need fuel additive for the diesel fuel? Maybe they need block heaters to get them started on time? For nearly any failure in life, someone somewhere has figured out a way to overcome it IF
the motivation is found. Those busses on the side of the road will not just rot there for eternity. They will figure out what was wrong, get them running, and get them moving. So why not do that PRIOR to the exigent event? Why not PLAN to PREVENT the failure mode, rather than just letting it happen? Why not take the extra efforts to quell the concerns before they manifest?
Going to be cold outside, thinks the bus manager ...
- better call around and find someone willing to accept overtime for the early morning start-up
- better get supplies in place; extra batteries, fuel additives, etc
- better prep the busses with grill covers, fueled up with additives, whatever it takes
- better call the building/facility manager make sure the gates and building are unlocked and prep'd early; he needs a staff member on call just in case, too
- better have the phone tree ready and numbers confirmed for all drivers
- better ask a few folks to come warm up the busses, start the window defrosters, etc
- better include a request for extra money in budget; can always bankroll it for parts if it goes unused
- better have a spare bus in good condition on stand-by in case one goes into a ditch and we need an alternative vehicle
- etc ...
Where's the pride in accomplishing things in the face of adversity? Any darn fool can succeed when all things are prefect and easy. A real man (or woman) still claims victory when things go wrong because they planned for obstacles and made the extra efforts!
As a society, we are teaching our kids (and even some adults) that any obstacle is a reason to accept failure.
Safety is important; I don't disagree. Care and caution are paramount. But that is EXACTLY the point here. These cold temps seen in the Midwest are NOT unexpected; this isn't unheard of. And, it's VERY PREDICABLE! We can see cold fronts coming days in advance. Why cancel school or work simply because it's "cold" outside?
Get up early, put on more clothes, go out and curse at the cold, and get on with life!