February 03, 2010
Okay, I know that some people think that the day after the Super Bowl should be some sort of national holiday - a position, by the way, that I disagree with. I like sports as much as the next guy, but really, people, it's an entertainment sporting event. Should we get a week off for the World Series? Stanley Cup? Do we push it past sports and get time off for the Oscars?
Whatever the case, and whatever your stance, the Super Bowl is not a holiday and, as such, does not warrant extra time off. Unless, of course, you happen to be a bus driver in Indianapolis:
Students in Indianapolis Public Schools are allowed to sleep in a bit Monday thanks to a one-hour delay scheduled to give bus drivers more time to get to work the morning after the Super Bowl. But they'll have to make up for half the lost time.
The state's largest school district initially scheduled a two-hour delay but changed course after the Indiana Department of Education said such delays should only be used for emergency situations. State Superintendent Tony Bennett said that because Sunday night's game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints didn't qualify for an automatic waiver for emergency two-hour delays, missed time would have to be made up.
The best part of this little bit of public school idiocy, in my opinion, is the reasoning behind it:
IPS is trying to avoid a repeat of 2007, when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl and so many bus drivers called in sick the next morning that officials canceled classes.
Now, the article goes on to mention that a few private schools have chosen to cancel or delay classes, with plans to make up that time, so the shame isn't just on public schools on this one. I wonder what kind of message this sends to kids about the real world and how shit works once they're out of school and have a J-O-B.
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