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School Closings Put a Strain on Parents

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

Many kids across the region are cheering because another day of school has been cancelled, but some parents say the added snow days are straining their pocket books.

Donna Robinson has three small children, and if you ask her she will tell you she's one of the fortunate parents.

"I'm lucky to be able to put mine in daycare or to have a job that's really flexible with my schedule," Robinson said.

But she says she understands not everyone is as lucky as she is when school gets cancelled.

"Working a minimum wage job around here anyway you can't afford to make ends meet as it is and then to have to miss a day," she said. "That's a day lost, that's another bill that's probably not going to get paid or you're just going to be paying part of it or whatever, it's just really hard."

But some parents say no cost is too much when their children's' safety is on the line.

"It could become a financial burden but I would rather take that risk than go to school on icy roads and have something more drastic happen," Heather Pigman said.

Even with more than twenty extra kids showing up each day school is cancelled, child care providers say they agree

"I wouldn't want to have a bus load of children out there. We look forward to them coming. We have some excellent care givers that keep them entertained," Edna Turner said.

Turner says right now her program is pretty much full but she says she is more than willing to work with any parent that needs assistance.

If you are in a situation where finding and paying for child care is difficult, there are assistance programs available. Turner suggests calling her at New Beginnings at 606-439-1122 for more information.


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