Snow Day Inconveniences Mothers and Work

Published 01/29 2014 08:35AM

Updated 01/29 2014 08:51AM

We have had 9 school cancellations and parents are trying to balance their kids with work.  Many have had to take their kids to work with them and others have to dish out extra cash for a sitter.

WFFT's Charnae Davenport went out and spoke to some mothers who say they understand the reasons for school closures but they're just ready for it to be over.

It is nearly February and K-12 students have only had a week of school this year leaving many working parents with few options. 

It's a sight that is becoming all too common.  Empty classrooms because of snow day after snow day.

"Our kids when they were little had to come up with someone to watch them or we had to take paid time off in order to be home with them, that would be my preference.  It's just not where my husband and I's jobs are right now."

Frances Brook is the mother of 10 and 12 year old girls.

"They're at that age where people think 'oh, I can leave my kids at home', but we're going on 2 weeks of them having to figure out what they're going to do on their own."

Brook's like many other parents who have had to bring their children to work and think of other solutions to continue to pay bills.

"We've had to make several different arrangements.  We've had to stay home, luckily for my case, I've been able to work from home."

Bethany Clapper is mother of 2 younger children who are 5 and 9 months.

"I have 1 babysitter lined up for each child and that's it.  If preschool is closed then I have to find something for Caleb and if the other babysitter for the infant, there just is no other option.  I'd have to be home with them."

If taking vacation days is not an option or they've already used up from snow days, there is another option.

YMCA branches around Allen and Whitley Counties take walk ins for unexpected school closures.

"When FWCS closes, we are able to offer all day child care for school aged children at the Glenwood Park Elementary School.  The only thing we ask if for parents to provide a lunch for their child."

The YMCA has a different location for each school district.

Via Fort Wayne YMCA: Children can be dropped off at select YMCA locations during school closures. 

For students enrolled in FWCS, the location is Glenwood Elementary school. 

NWACS students use YMCA Parkview at Dawson's Creek blvd.  

SWACS students use Jorgensen Family YMCA on Aboite Center rd. 

The daily fee is $26 and parents must pack a lunch for their children. Keep in mind the YMCA says there is a capacity for about 90 students and is filled on a first come first serve basis. 

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