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Old 09-05-2019, 03:58 AM
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Are there any NC, SC, FL, etc. here who would be willing to share what kind of hurricane policy you may have? I have told parents we will close if power is out for more than an hour. I do see several daycares in my area are closing at noon today (listed on the news stations). Schools are closed, and I know a couple of my parents are off, but are still bringing kids.

I just want to be prepared when they walk in the door. I have no desire to watch babies through a storm.
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:12 AM
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I'm in IL so no hurricane policy, but to me this would fall under the provision in my contract that I refuse to do anything that I feel would be operating in an unsafe manner. Pick a time that gives you (and DCFs) plenty of leeway to get squared away, prepared, and safe. Then let DCPs know they have to be picked up by then.

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Old 09-05-2019, 05:46 AM
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I would certainly add a clause going forward that if there is a state of emergency or major weather event, you will use your discretion about staying open. Also, something like "for safety reasons, if parent's are home due to weather, it is expected that children will remain at home"
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I would certainly add a clause going forward that if there is a state of emergency or major weather event, you will use your discretion about staying open. Also, something like "for safety reasons, if parent's are home due to weather, it is expected that children will remain at home"
This! We have snowstorms here so it is similar. I close when schools close. If a parent HAS to go to work (essential services and they are single parent) then I do not mind accommodating. The year I did not close parents who were off brought their kids anyway. Who knew you had to have policies for common sense, but you do!!
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Old 09-05-2019, 06:35 AM
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We have several counties under mandatory evacuation, if I end up on that list, I must close. Tuition does not change.

Other than that, I will stay open. The risk of flooding on this side of the mountain is pretty slim, though.

I operate without power about two weeks of the year, on average. It is pretty normal, so I plan for it.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:55 AM
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I have it in my policies that I close if they declare a state of emergency.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:59 AM
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I have it in my policies that I close if they declare a state of emergency.
I considered that but like today, 21 counties are covered under it and we have not even had a drop of rain. The sun is shining and the wind is barely blowing. Two centers closed and I have had 6 new calls for care out of frustration.

In winter it is like our governor just declares them for traffic in the city that is prone to flooding. It has no relevance out rurally.
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I considered that but like today, 21 counties are covered under it and we have not even had a drop of rain. The sun is shining and the wind is barely blowing. Two centers closed and I have had 6 new calls for care out of frustration.

In winter it is like our governor just declares them for traffic in the city that is prone to flooding. It has no relevance out rurally.
Thatís my problem. Hurricanes are so hit-or-miss that I hate to close down and then have no weather incidents. A tiny wobble one way or the other can make the difference between a heavy rain shower or total devastation. And this system has turned out more tornados than usual. But I agree that parents who are home anyway should keep their kids home when there is a chance of dicey weather. Thereís no good answer to this when parents donít use common sense.
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Old 09-08-2019, 11:55 AM
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I have in my policies that we close if we have no power/water etc. I also include a part that says we have the right to close if we feel the weather/situation is not a safe one.

Without it....I have parents who would brave any kind of storm/tornado/hurricane/nuclear strike/apocolypse in order to not have to spend any time with their children
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