- Scientist experts (in this case public health epidemiologists, not meteorologists) are sounding the alarm, with predictions based on current evidence and predictive models. They could be wrong, and some people disregard their expertise. Not all the experts are saying the same thing: sometimes we get varied snowfall prediction maps, which means some will be wrong. They're all based on someone's best judgment at the time, but we wanna know the future right now!
- School leaders are expected to respond to those (sometimes conflicting) reports of potential danger, and are expected to prioritize safety of students and staff ... but also respect the importance of education. "Make sure the kids are learning as much as possible!" "Maybe you can just delay the opening a bit, to be on the safe side!"
- The general public, of course, has its own opinions. Cancelling school for any length of time impacts parents' work schedules and sometimes their wallets. Many complain about a 2-hour delay, so are we shocked by protests and tantrums about 2 or more months of remote-learning in the fall?
Tomorrow at noon, I will hear my superintendent's announcement. It really does feel like waiting for his phone call the evening before a snowstorm. My life is in your hands, Dr Fleishman!