Many MLHS students upset on the calling weather or not to go on a 2-hour delay today
-Moses Lake, WA
Many students and staff at the Moses Lake High School are upset and confused on why the school district didn’t go on a two hour delay when the city had their first measurable snowfall on December, 11th, 2019.
Students were raising questions in their classrooms about the school districts decision to have a 2-hour delay. The night of December 10th snow began to move into the area around the 10 o’clock pm hour with temperatures below the freezing mark (32 degrees F, 0 degrees C) for more than four hours causing a blanket of snow to cover the M.L. region.
Local eyewitness students have stated that they couldn’t safely get out of their driveways and have seen drivers sliding at the Division st. hill and on hill st. MLWA 7 News was out the morning of December 11th to see how bad the snow conditions were for the morning commute and found that the residential roads and hills were very poor and were untreated for the morning commute and found that in Moses Lake only the freeway and local highways including W Broadway Ave (SR-171) were salted and plowed. One major roadway that many high school and faculty had trouble with was the Division St. and Potato Hill Road overpass.
Some major roads in few suburbs were plowed including the major roads in Mae Valley, and Cascade Valley, however the plowing stopped in Moses Lake North where Patton Blvd. was not plowed and many eyewitness commuters were trying not to slide.
What conditions does the Moses Lake School District (MLSD) consider when closing or going to a 2 hour delay?
Well according to the MLSD website in order for the district to cancel classes are
Students were raising questions in their classrooms about the school district's decision to have a 2-hour delay. The night of December 10th snow began to move into the area around the 10 o’clock pm hour with temperatures below the freezing mark (32 degrees F, 0 degrees C) for more than four hours causing a blanket of snow to cover the M.L. region.
For a 2-hour district delay the weather
“On marginal days when it appears the weather will break, schools may be scheduled to start up to two hours later than normal. This allows road crews to catch up, temperatures to rise, and buses to run in daylight.”
While many were upset about the school district’s decision to put the district on a 2-hour delay many teachers took the chance to give advice to their students the importance of leaving early and giving yourself extra time and how to handle their cars in ice and in snowy conditions like this morning. If schools will go on a delay or decide to close be sure to check our school closures tab. We will also send out a notification on all of our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).