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The great debate: When should a school district notify you about a snow day? Take our poll!

This morning, the water cooler talk among parents was about what time their child's school district sent a robocall to their house informing them that schools would be closed because of the blizzard-like conditions.

Many suburban parents got the call late last night, some close midnight. Other parents, like those in Buffalo City Schools, got the robocall around 5:30 a.m. even though the school district had actually decided to close schools between 11 pm and midnight the night before.

Some suburban parents complained that they were irritated to get a call so late into the evening from their school districts. While some city parents were irritated that the Buffalo school district waited to inform parents until early the next morning.

In an ideal world, everyone would get the call at a more reasonable hour, say 8 p.m. or so. But that doesn't typically happen because no school district wants to be ridiculed for closing schools over doom-and-gloom forecasts that prove to be totally wrong.

So, assuming you're going to be inconvenienced one way or another, which would you prefer? Take our poll and let us know!

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

@denisejewellgee | djgee@buffnews.com


Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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