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UPDATE: No Make Up Days Required for Recent School Closings

The Hudson School District has announced that no makeup days will be required for the three weather days this school year. Daily schedules could be affected if more cancellations take place.

UDPATE (5:34 p.m., Jan. 29, 2013): The Hudson School District has issued a press release explaining that despite three school closings due to weather this school year, no make up days will be required. 

Schools were closed Dec. 9 due to snow, Jan. 22 due to cold and Jan. 29 due to icy conditions.

If more closings occur this year, the district plans to hold a review of student instructional time and possibly adjust daily schedules to account for any needed makeup time.

The following is the full text of the district's news release:

Students in the Hudson School District will NOT need to make up the recent school closing days resulting from inclement weather. The district’s school calendar includes student instructional time that extends beyond the number of hours required by the State of Wisconsin. If additional school closings occur between now and the end of the school year, further review of student instructional time will be required and adjustments made to the daily schedule if needed. The district appreciates the patience and understanding of our school families. The difficult decision to delay and or close schools best balances the safety needs of ALL students with the regrettable inconvenience experienced by families.

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UPDATE (8:03 a.m., Jan. 29, 2013): The Hudson School District has now cancelled classes and activities for the day and published the following notice on its website: 

Hudson Schools are closed today, Tuesday, January 29th.  We apologize for the inconvenience but road conditions have not improved enough to allow safe travel for buses. All after school classes and activities are canceled.

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ORIGINAL POST: The Hudson School District has posted the following message on its website:

Hudson Schools will start 2 hours late today, January 29th, due to fog and icy road conditions. School Age Care will be open as usual.

D January 29, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Well said concerned citizen! Is there not enough to worry about with our kids on a daily basis and then to put them in a possibly dangerous and life threatening siguation. I think not, they are someones daughter, son,brother, sister, cousin and so on.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 03:43 PM
DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!! ever think that EVERYDAY a bus could have a accident? Must be nice to be in the FSA and not have to work...
tommyboy January 29, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Yes it may have been slightly more dangerous than a normal day, but most of us are thinking of what we went through to get to school. Let's face it we have become 'weather wimps'. Made worse be the talking heads on local weather going on and on about 3 days below zero. Hello this is Minnesota and Wisconsin, it's cold here in the winter. (Just not as cold as it used to be).
Vested Interest January 29, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Did I miss something?? Were roads closed? It looks to me like some superintendents didn't feel like driving to work today so they called it off claiming it was for the safety of our children. Nice play since most of us had already gotten to work on those same roads.
Ryan January 29, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I am sure it was a risk calculated conclusion. Have you been outside? People are falling just in their driveways. You are so great because you made it to work, and you are so tough because YOU think the school should stay open. Become someone involved in these decisions then. Be involved in your children's lives instead of passing them onto school. Sorry that you all hate your children enough to risk their lives in this weather over you working from home, or *gasp* taking a sick day. Welcome to rural school districts, want the assurance that school won't be cancelled? Move to a major city.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 05:32 PM
maybe you should look beyond your driveway. I made it to work because it was not that bad out. Maybe we should quiclky pass a law banning ice....for the children!!!!.....If it saves ONE child from *possibly* slipping on the ice its worth it...[rolleyes]
Concerned Citizen #1 January 29, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Everyday a bus can have an accident....but not everyday is that risk increased considerable with ice covered roads. You made it to work fine, congratulations, a ribbon is on its way to you for making it to work on these icy roads. Heck....next time we have a major snowfall or freezing rain, just makes the kids all walk to school, forget the buses....have them cross busy streets and highways...after all we could do it, so should they. Its all part of the HSD conspiracy against the Hudson residents. I wonder if its part of the 9/11 conspiracy, if its all connected? Not that bad out....I slid down my driveway, didn't walk, slid from top to bottom and the street I live on, not an ounce of salt on that road...but I am sure that if my driveway was icy the road just outside my driveway wasn't that bad. Seriously, love your kids a bit more and stop being so cynical about every decision that affects your daily routine as being one that was solely made to make your life miserable.
Pamela January 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
You may have made it to work but I am sure you were driving the interstate and not country roads. Why would you want children in danger? If they would not have called it off you would have been saying they didn't care. Move on. The country roads were very icy and there were many accidents.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 06:16 PM
And the wussification of Amerika continues...
Ryan January 29, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Its not that America is becoming more whimpy, it revolves around liability. You are the type of wussy that hides behind an anonymous account while slamming a calculated decision, yet I would bet your "beat up, value of the vehicle doubles when you put a tank of gas in it" car that you would be the first troll to sue the school district if anything happened to your neglected child. It's a litigious America, that requires risk factors, or the city will go bankrupt, and then be to blame for your family going unfed.
Concerned Citizen #1 January 29, 2013 at 08:58 PM
not the anonymous account thing again...that discussion is in another forum....
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 09:17 PM
um, no. And yes. America IS becoming more wimpy.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 09:18 PM
thank you.
mainstreet January 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I guess I didn't realize there where still school buses. Seems as though everyone drives tp high school - remember we need the parking. Plus its a traffic jam up there every morning. Hit the middle school at the opening bell and there are traffic lines for miles from Mommy driving Dick and Jane to school to protect them from the boogeyman I guess. Who exactly uses the buses?
A- January 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM
"Who exactly uses the buses?" Half of the buses are over-crowded. There's a lot of people who drive, and a lot of people who take the buses. Big school, lots of people.
Kelli B January 30, 2013 at 03:17 PM
mainstreet - I have 3 children, 2 of whom ride the bus. 1 gets driven everyday because of medical issue. I was out on the streets at 6:30 yesterday morning, driving said child to a Physical Therapy appointment, and the roads were terrifying. I had hoped that the 2 hour late start would have allowed the sun to come out and warm things up, but that didn't happen. Everyone needs to move on. Life happens and you adjust. Vent and get it done, and move on.
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Yesterday the roads were horrible. My oldest rides the bus to her elementary school- I would not have even risked the drive to get her to school. It was not pleasant. Why would anyone want to risk their children's safety just for them to go to school? You chose to have kids- so be a parent. Boo hoo if you had to take off a day of work to watch YOUR OWN KID!!! Be thankful your child is home safe. Be thankful that you don't have to bury them had they had school and their bus crashed. Some parents know the heartache that comes from losing a child. Accidents happen on "normal" days as well- but why risk the hazardous road conditions? I hope to god that some of you don't reproduce. Apparently you can't fix stupid. And in most cases, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 03:32 PM
FYI Hudson wasn't the only school closed yesterday. Welcome to MN & WI... We have weather changes which means that sometimes school will be closed or delayed due to inclement weather... Those of us who have children understand that.
yomammy January 30, 2013 at 03:35 PM
wow...some people need to get out more.... I left them home alone with butter knives, toasters, full bathtubs, and the deep fryer to use if they got hungry.
yomammy January 30, 2013 at 03:42 PM
sorry folks- apparently you got the squall over your neighborhood(s) or something, but my driveway was fine the road by me was fine and the main arteries out of town (and then 94) were fine. Musta been localized on everyone but me... :)
Kelly Ripplinger January 30, 2013 at 04:31 PM
WOW, Really?? All this over a school day being canceled for the safety of everyone involved! How foolish! Thank You Hudson School District for putting safety first! You know how it is, Damned if you do, Damned if you dont! Thank You for your thoughtful decision of safety once again.
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Like I said, bus crashes can happen on any day- however when there is a layer of ice on the roads, why would one want to take the risk of putting their children on the bus for transportation to school? Do you know how many crashes/accidents/falls there were yesterday due to the conditions on driveways, roads, sidewalks, parking lots, etc? A SIGNIFICANT number larger than what would occur on a "normal" day. Sorry for being concerned about my children. Clearly, if you read some of the above posts, there are a lot of people that are worried about having to take a day off work rather than taking care of their children. I could see them complaining about missing work when the lovely teachers decided to not show up to school last year due to the wonderful union issues, because there was no reason for that. Those said teachers should have lost their jobs. However, the weather is not something that anyone can control. Do I think that it will make property taxes go down, if certain individuals don't reproduce..... No. I just believe that people that can make comments such as ones that were posted above- will pass along their mentalities/views and opinions on to their children. It is a learned behavior. "Stupid is as stupid does".. Ignorance is a learned behavior as well and yes it can be changed but that is only if that person is willing to be "cured" as you stated. Most people are pretty much set on their viewpoints in life and are not willing to open their minds to other opinions.
Pasque January 30, 2013 at 05:01 PM
One of my friends said her SUV just slid down the driveway yesterday morning at 6:30. No control, it just slid. I left the house at 8:30 am, and yes, my car slid sideways down the road for awhile. Scared me to death. Yes, let's shove our children onto icy sidewalks and roads. Survival of the fittest, I say. If a car loses control and crashes into students waiting for the bus, who cares? Reducing the student population would be ideal so we wouldn't have to spend a dime on infrastructure to expand our schools or even improve them. And yes, send the children out at -15 degrees to wait for the bus. At that temperature, they should freeze up nicely, become hypothermic or worse. Again, survival of the fittest. From some of the comments on this community board, I'd say that some people were brain damaged from exposure to cold as they walked to and from school uphill both ways in a -70 degree blizzard. They fell on the ice, cracked a bone in their head, suffered brain damage, and as a result, are incapable of critical thinking skills as adults. Their children survive from neglect and lack of protection by the skin of their teeth.
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Amen!
Hudsoner January 30, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Some people that slide down their driveway with their SUV should have bought a smaller vehicle and invested the spare money in decent winter tires! We made it out the driveway (and I live on a small road connected to a secondary road) and to the university in River Falls without any problem. I just wonder why the UoRF wasn't closed? But, on the other hand, we have a smaller vehicle with real winter tires on! But the real winner here is the bus company, they saved quite a few gallons of diesel fuel and did not have to pay their drivers.
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I have a small car with amazing winter tires on it- I am not sure what roads you were driving on near the UWRF-- but let me assure you that they weren't great-at all actually. My husband drives 2 miles to work and he said that the roads through town were very, very slippery. My son fell just walking across our driveway. They are finally better- so long as people stay on their side of the road and not drive down the center. (I drive them everyday, considering I live 2 blocks from the university.) The reason the college wasn't closed is because MOST students live on campus or within a 3 block radius. And they are adults and can opt out of attending if that is what they chose. Its just money out of their pockets (or mommy and daddy's)...
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Small car or larger SUV-- isn't going to make any difference on ICE. Winter tires aren't going to make a difference either. It's one thing if its snow. But everything slides on ice.
Micheal Foley January 30, 2013 at 06:01 PM
When I went to UWRF, the reason they gave for never closing campus was because all the students who depend on dining services would have no way to get food.
Blondie8508 January 30, 2013 at 06:11 PM
That's a good reason too- I have neighbors and friends and family that go there and the reason that I wrote was what was told to me. :) But the food issue makes sense in some ways...
yomammy January 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
lotta "what if's" in there....guess I try to set my own direction rather then worrying about "what if"....

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