LAFAYETTE, LA – After a few days of nice weather, Acadiana is set to receive a small flurry of light showers this afternoon into the evening – and as usual, no schools in the area are taking any risks when it comes to the safety and well-being of the children.
With the distinct possibility of around 50-100 individual rain droplets hitting the ground, educational institutions across the area and further afield are taking measures that will see schools closed until at least the end of the week.
Yvette Dennis, Principal at the Charles DeGravelles Elementary School in Rayne, explained why they were making the call.
“Rain is dangerous. Rain is bad.”, she said, “We’d rather play it safe than see our students have to walk around in damp clothing. Not to mention the inconvenience of having to make the parents and school bus drivers use their windshield wipers. We’ve been in touch with local weather agencies and confirmed that there’s a 10% chance of rain, which in my opinion is far too dangerous. So we’re going to be closing the school until next Monday, to ensure that it’s all gone and everything is dry.”
And local parent Joan Saunders believes that schools have made the correct call.
“Times are changing”, she said, “I remember when I was at school rain was never an issue. School used to be open in rain, snow, hail, you name it. But this is the 21st century – you can never be too careful. Who knows what the government puts in the rain nowadays? I’d rather not see my kids out in it, and I definitely don’t want to run the risk of getting my Chevy Tahoe all dirty and nasty. It’s off-white color for heaven sake.”
Schools are slated to reopen Monday March 7th.