With icy conditions appearing in our local forecasts regularly this time of year, schools are faced with a tough call on whether or not to cancel class for the day. Next time you decide to complain or question why schools are closed for bad weather, you might want to take a look at this video from Sutton, outside of Boston.

We've all done it, let the words 'I can't believe they closed school today' leave our mouths. When your kid ends up in school until almost July, you complain again, but imagine your child on this bus that took a terrify slide in residential neighborhood because of icy conditions. Thankfully in this case no one on the bus or the other vehicle were harmed, but this could have easily been a much worse situation.

I can only imagine what it's like to be a superintendent forced to make the call. I was provided some insight by Pittsfield Public School Superintendent Jake McCandless when he sat down with Slater and I last year, and believe me, it's not a decision he takes lightly.  After watching this video, I'm sure you can see why.

Furthermore, imagine the pressure that bus drivers in questionable conditions must feel. Thousands of families in Berkshire County trust them to keep their children safe on the commute to school, a daunting job on a normal day, let alone one where the roads are dangerous.

I get it, school delays and cancellations can be inconvenient for everyone involved, but I think the trouble is worth it when it comes to keeping students and other drivers safe.