Providence, Rhode Island,Rhode Island,Jorge Elorza

When Providence decides on snow days, food for kids is a big factor

February 13, 2017
in Kids

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Providence residents woke up to very little new snow Monday morning, it looked as though Mayor Jorge Elorza made the right call by deciding schools would open on a two-hour delay rather than close altogether. But while the safety of students and teachers traveling to and from school is always the primary factor in deciding whether to call a snow day, it isn’t the only one. “City families rely on the support services and programs that Providence Public Schools provide, including the more than 20,000 free or reduced-price meals provided daily to qualifying students,” Laura Hart, a spokesperson for the school department, said Sunday. That’s right. Food is also a factor. If the mayor chose to close schools Monday, it would have been the fifth consecutive day off for students. (That includes school closures on Thursday and Friday, plus the weekend.) Elorza didn’t want to take a chance that some students would be missing out on breakfast or lunch for another day. It’s difficult to tell just how many Providence students rely on school food, but...

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