Don’t worry. That big, bright star in the sky is the sun.

I know we haven’t seen it in what feels like 45 days, but there it is.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen it, I thought maybe some have forgotten what it looks like, and yes, it meant your children will be going to school this week starting Monday.

Yes, Riverdale flooded Sunday.

The cones went up, the news crews came, and you couldn’t drive over the short bridge. Boo.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean schools would close.

Each time the school system is faced with any type of adversarial weather, they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.

No matter what call they make, individuals come out with their pitchforks ready to gripe and complain, because their baby had to go to school despite the inch of snow on the ground.

So what.

On Monday, some of those people apparently expected schools to close because of the flooding.

A total of five buses were announced to be on alternate routes Monday morning causing delays out of a fleet of 118 buses.

Seems the school system didn’t think that five out of 118 ratio warranted schools closing.

I know I probably sound like those cliché stories about parents saying they went to school in the snow up hill both ways, but I’m only in my 20s, and we were never closed for some of the things they’ve closed for recently.

Everyone seems to have just gotten so spoiled by it.

I personally know children who wake up each morning to see if schools are going to be closed because they expect it so much.

With every drop of rain, they think they’ll hear those coveted words — “school closed.”

Now I will say, I hate those 5 a.m. phone calls.

I think if the school system is considering closing schools, they should do it the evening before, so parents and guardians can plan for the next day.

Those 5 a.m. calls wake up people and often leave parents scrambling to find a last minute sitter before heading to work.

But, if those calls don’t come before 5 a.m., I think every person should plan for school to be on time and don’t expect a pass on being late.

The world isn’t going to be so accommodating.

If it’s going to be snow on the ground or flooding or possible trees down, people have to plan ahead. Leave a little early and take your time to get to school on time.

Don’t just expect to be excused because you decided to take your time and leave at your normal time knowing that you could run into obstacles.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at