Snow day dilemma: Working parents vs. kids

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FISHERS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2015) – Snow days--kids love them and parents stress over them.

When temperatures and wind chills get so dangerously low, schools don’t take any chances. Cancellations or even two-hour delays can really cause more work for working parents.

Michellle Gilbert has three school aged kids but during the mornings this week she’s had a full house.

“One parent would call and say, ‘Hey, do you mind if ours would come over?’ and then another family would call and say ‘Hey, would you mind if ours would come over?” explains Gilbert, a Fishers mom.

Gilbert told FOX59 her job allows her to be more flexible so that’s why her house was the “hangout house” this week during the two-hour delays.  Some working parents in the neighborhood don’t have that flexibility.

“One neighbor is a nurse and she works downtown and she had to go,” explains Gilbert.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools operated on a two-hour delay both Tuesday and Wednesday.

When that phone call comes in to tell families if school will be delayed or cancelled, kids’ reaction is very different than their parents' reaction.

“I had him on speakerphone last night and I said ‘Hey, this is the call’ and the kids are cheering 'yay' and all the parents go 'ugh,'” explains Gilbert.

Giovanna is a fifth grader who has her third two-hour delay already all planned out.

“I get to sleep in and watch TV in the morning and when I feel like getting up I get up."

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