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Delmarva Daycares Try to Stay Open on Snow Days

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DELMAR, Del.- When snow and ice hit, school districts often delay or close to ensure the safety of students and staff. Daycare centers, however, operate under a different protocol because they are businesses. Many of them try to stay open, only closing during a state of emergency. This is because they understand that work must go on for some parents while others have a snow day. But of course, safety is always the number one priority.

Public schools were closed again Wednesday, and busses were covered in snow, but Rainbow Daycare and Preschool in Seaford was open for business.

"We are usually always open,” said Julicia Campos of Rainbow Daycare. “A lot of our parents have to work, so we are here when they need us."

The facility operated under a two hour delay Tuesday and opened on time Wednesday.

Campos said it is important for daycares to stay open for parents who are essential employees, or don't get paid time off for inclement weather.

“We did have a few kids that did show up, a lot of parents were very grateful that we were open," she explained.

Area daycares like Little Paws in Laurel say they take the safety of their staff and students into consideration when making the call.

They also feel the effects of a snow day.

"There's a big difference, you do, I mean we have probably half the number of kids that probably that you would normally have, parents are keeping them home," said Melanie Shelly, owner of Joy Junction Childcare Center in Salisbury.

She was at work Wednesday while her two older children had the day off from school.

"They have another snow day, they get to stay home and enjoy it,” Shelly said. “Parents have to still work, so we kind of have to be here for them."

The policy -- we'll be open, if you can make it here.

"Safety is a big concern, you really want to protect your staff instead of making them come out in the weather, you know you don't want to have accidents that you worry about,” noted Shelly. “But then you have your parents that work too, so it's a tough decision but sometimes safe is better."

Some of the daycares WBOC spoke with actually sent staff home because fewer children came in on the snow day. But at Little Red Hen in Delmar, they actually had more children because they offer care for those who would normally be in school.

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