snow and the working parent
The current prediction in the DC area is now for 16-26 inches of snow. Given that this is a place that freaks out over snow in general — the schools here in Fairfax shut down for about 4 inches on Wednesday — you can imagine the level of hysteria. And it’s not all that misplaced — after the December storm, it was a good 3 days before there was any hope of getting a car safely in or out of our hilly street.
The federal government went ahead and declared an “unscheduled leave” policy, which means that employees can stay home if they want, but it uses up a day of their annual leave. My office follows the feds, but we also have a pretty flexible policy about telecommuting, so I’ll be able to work from home. Fairfax went ahead and announced this afternoon that they’re closing the schools tomorrow. (We’ve already burned through all the slack in the school schedule, so this is going to eat into spring break or extend the year.) Based on my facebook feed, I’d say most of the stay-at-home and work-at-home parents are pissed that they’re losing their last chance to get anything done without the kids underfoot. The work-in-an-office parents seem to be more sympathetic, probably because the early dismissal scenario is such a nightmare if getting home midday would take you an hour or more. Of course, if you’re a work-in-a-store or other such inflexible job, you’re probably screwed in any case.
I’m tossing the comments here open for reports of the snow, the response, how you entertain the kids and try to get work done from home, soup recipes, whatever else is on y0ur mind.