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Dear PoP – When Do You Think We Have To Go Back To Work?

by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm 40 Comments

Winter 2010
Photo by Haley

“Dear PoP,

Like a lot of your readers my office opens/closes according to the federal government schedule. What do your readers think the odds are for us to have to go to work on Monday? What about Tuesday? With another possible storm on the way Wednesday I’m wondering if some miracle might get us out of work Monday-Friday!

What day do your readers think we will have to go back to work?”

I’m guessing folks will have to go back to work on Tuesday. What do you guys think?

  • skeedattle

    I’d also guess Tuesday. Or maybe they’ll transition to liberal leave on Tuesday, which for me at least means go to work.

  • cookietime420

    Man, I can’t imagine that we’ll be at work on monday. There’s a ton to do. I just spent an hour shoveling my flat roof where waist-high drifts had formed. Upon reading the stories below, it seems like a stupid idea. My girlfriend said that the roof was bowing as I walked on it. Yikes. At least we got about 2/3 of the snow off it.

    Here are some scary-ass stuff from stories on WTOP and WUSA web sites:

    “This is one of our worst fears,” says D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin. “If the roof systems begin to collapse it’s going to take a lot of resources and is going to be very difficult.”

    The Fire/EMS Department discourages home and business owners from clearing snow off of roofs themselves. This dangerous activity involves placing a ladder against the structure, ascending the ladder and using a broom or shovel to push snow off of the roof. Many performing this task are tempted to enter the roof structure. DO NOT GO ON THE ROOF. Be warned that climbing a ladder and entering a roof structure already stressed by a heavy snow load has its own inherent dangers and is not recommended.

    The Fire/EMS Department highly recommends that you contact a professional roof contractor that has the experience and tools to safely clear snow off of flat roofs.

    If you are in a structure with a flat roof and hear cracking, popping or stressed wood/metal noises; evacuate the structure and call 911 from a safe location.

  • Fingers crossed for Tuesday, February 16th!

  • Snoz

    Monday off, Tuesday liberal leave, Wednesday back at work. That’s my guess.

  • CPT_Doom

    Seeing as my company closed all day Friday, even before the federal government, I am hoping for Tuesday at the earliest. I just spent 90 minutes shovelling the driveway and digging the car out, even though there’s a three-foot drift in the alley I can’t clear and my street was untouched by plows because of abandoned cars blocking the road (the plows did get through once Friday night). Our Chief Operating Officer lives in remote VA, where they got 30 inches, so I am hoping they’ll announce this afternoon.

  • Teachers won’t be at work before Wednesday. Woohoo! Of course, we’ll be in work until late July…

  • http://www.opm.gov/status/ says “Sunday, February 7, 2010 – Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN; employees are expected to report for work on time.”

    Hopefully that will change in the next few hours. As for now though, I am planning on being at work tomorrow.

    • skeedattle

      it had the same status for yesterday, during the blizzard. i think they just don’t bother updating it on weekends to reflect the actual condition of roads. not sure what’s up with that.

  • AT

    Steve, I saw that too :(
    Wouldn’t OPM have announced a Monday closure by now? Like CPT_Doom, my office was closed Friday as well. I am really really really hoping for a snow day tomorrow. And I even like my job!

    • Ward One Resident

      No, not necessarily. I think they committ to making the announcement by 4:30 a.m. at the latest so those who commute in from far distances know not to come in. But sometimes they announce earlier. My guess is they are waiting and consulting with the DMV governments about the road conditions.

      • Yeah, I was going off of what happened in December, it was in the late afternoon on Sunday that they made the announcement.

        The Post is reporting it now though! Happy happy!

  • em

    i actually think we’ll be back tomorrow… :(

  • AT


  • Tuesday is the best guess. Although, with the side street in such bad condition, some employers might have a soft spot and extend it to Wednesday.

  • Federal Gov closed on Monday~


    capcha = in romping
    yes indeed

  • mNomeNa

    Yay, no work tomorrow! This is like a freakin’ holiday, with the Superbowl and all.

    PoP, you should do asking what others are doing for the Superbowl tonight (going out, staying in) and who people are rooting for…

  • PrinceofZone3Parking
  • And yet, DCPS is open, albeit with a 2 hour delay.

    Apparently the Cap Hill mom’s on the MotH listserv are calling for Fenty’s head.

    • moms. Sheesh.

    • Anonymous

      Rhee ought to be criminally liable for any kid or teacher injured on their way to school tomorrow.

      It’s not like you can just decide to stay home. After all, attendance is mandatory, and they just passed a law cracking down on unexcused absences. I wonder what this will cost us in Medicaid expenses for kids who break an arm while walking in the icy streets to get to school.

      • Anonymous

        Please read the note from the chancellor herself. She’s keeping schools open for the children…

        NOTE: At DCPS, it is our job to keep schools open and operating so that our children can keep on learning. The city has worked hard to clear school areas and sidewalks in order to make this possible. Parents, however, make the ultimate decision about sending a child to school. If you are concerned about the aftermath of the storm, and choose not to send your child to school tomorrow, we will work with schools to ensure that students are not penalized for this absence.


        • ontarioroader

          One of the reasons DCPS will try everything they can to not close is that that 70% of students are on the Free And Reduced Meals [FARM] program – it’s believed that many students wouldn’t get the recommended minimum daily number of calories for the day if they weren’t fed by the schools. Not a lot of folks like hearing this, but especially in tough economic times like this a lot of DC kids would go hungry if they didn’t get fed for very cheap or free at school.

          • Anonymous

            And another reason is that Rhee wants to be the most macho public servant.

            There really is no good reason, but I can’t afford private school so I’m stuck with the Mayor’s wackjob Chancellor and her warped judgement.

    • Anonymous

      Just to put it in perspective, MotH went batsh*t crazy when an off leash dog ran into a kid into the park. There was an email about how the child is traumatized and never wants to go to the park again. Give me a break; you’re raising a sally.

      MotH is full of self important wackos. They’d scream about sunlight causing cancer if they had enough brains to figure out the causation.

  • PetworthRes

    So when will WMATA announce whether the metro will be open tomorrow? I don’t work for the govt, but if only underground stations are open, then we’re effectively closed. Has anyone heard anything?

    • Metro announcement says underground only Metrorail service and limited Metrobus service (30, 50, 64, 70, S4, U8 and A lines in DC) on Monday.

  • Anonymous

    If Metro buses are not running, how in the world will DCPS manage to get schoiol buses on the road? This decision to open schools will put people and buses unecessarily on the road.

    This is just dumb and wreckless. The only government entity in the region open for Monday.

    • saf

      What schoolbuses? The kids, except for special needs kids, ride metrobus!

  • The Kids Need to Eat

    DCPS opens so the kids who get free meals can eat. Ontarioroader is right. For lots of kids, that’s the only square meal they get all day. This has been the case for years. DCPS talks about learning and other stuff — and people always cuss them out for being irresponsible keeping the schools open — but making sure kids don’t go any hungrier than necessary is the real reason. And a good one too, imho.

    • Anonymous

      I think that free meals for needy kids is important. But doesn’t opening the schools obligate the buses to be on the road? If that’s the case it is irresponsible. These run-of-the-mill school buses can not navigate these roads tomorrow morning. Their being on there with kids riding is not good.

    • Anonymous

      And a lot of DCPS kids are being raised by their grandmothers, who will be busting their hips while taking junior to grade school.

  • And, apparently DCPS has rethought things and will be closing tomorrow after all. Formal announcement should be soon.

    • The announcement about school closing tomorrow is now posted on the DC Public Schools website~

  • So the fed govt is closed tomorrow (Monday) so I don’t have to go to work (I work for an association that follows the fed schedule).

    WMATA is saying limited bus service for Monday and that they are only operating METRO below ground every 30 minutes. This is NOT a good sign for normal operations on Tuesday; combined with the next storm Tuesday afternoon I’m guessing the fed will close Tuesday as well.

    Is this wishful thinking on my part????

  • can’t believe DC govt is open monday

    My office is a 15 minute walk from my house but good lord – how will most folks get to work if above ground metros are closed and many streets have not been plowed?

  • G

    DC Government is open, 1 hour late. Schools are closed.

  • saf

    We follow DC. How the heck am I going to get to work and home with as limited as the rail and bus service is?

  • Anonymous

    My fiancee and I will be skiing Sugarloaf Montain in MD tomorrow with the dogs. I’ll be damned if I know how they’ll get the streets cleared enough for the commuters this week. We live off of 6th in Shaw and that road is still down to two lanes with no parking and 4 inches + of slush that will refreeze over night.


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