I took a sick day today because I got some sort of food poisoning (or something) yesterday afternoon and feel pretty awful. But right after school I got an irate phone call from my AP. She explained to me how livid she was with the mayor for not closing schools today. She felt he put everyone's safety in jeopardy with the amount of ice on the sidewalks and streets around our school.
Apparently, on their way to work, virtually every member of my staff fell before they got through the front door. My principal threw out her back, and a number of teachers had massive bruises. The train that I normally take to school wasn't running - so I'm not sure how I would have made it to school even if I weren't sick. Only one of my eleventh-grade team teachers managed to get to school by 9:35. Because so many people were out and we didn't have enough subs, that teacher had to keep the entire 11th grade in the same classroom between 7:30 and 9:35.
Yesterday, on the way to work, our school secretary got in a massive car accident in the snow on the highway, and apparently managed to spin her car around. Luckily she's okay.
My AP told me the only people frantically trying to go anywhere this morning after last night's ice storm were the public employees that Bloomberg has taken so painstakingly to vilifying. She was pissed.
I haven't seen any complaints on any of the listserves or the blogs in NYC about the mayor's decision to keep schools open today. Was it only in the South Bronx that it was this bad? What were other people's experiences?