Despite hazardous weather and bad road conditions, Ithaca City Schools decided to remain open Thursday.
It was even more surprising to those who read a tweet from Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown sent out Wednesday afternoon that there was potential for a school closing.
A parent from Cayuga Heights was picking up her Ithaca High School student at noon Wednesday.
“He tweeted that he might close the schools, and we were counting on that,” she said. “Everybody was thinking, ‘Let’s see, should I finish my homework or not?’
“I’m not sure a tweet was so judicious. I don’t think it won him any popularity contest by saying we might close the schools and then keeping them open,” she added.
An Ithaca High School student thought it was an unwise decision.
“I think it’s dangerous since a lot of people have to drive to and from school to get home and get to work,” he said. “Also the buses, filled with kids…the roads are slippery and a lot of people can get hurt.”
Ithaca High School, Boyton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School and Lehman Alternative Community School closed at noon Wednesday.
Belle Sherman Elementary School, Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Caroline Elementary School, Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Enfield Elementary School, Fall Creek Elementary School, Northeast Elementary School, South Hill Elementary School were dismissed at their normal time.
All after school and evening activities are cancelled.