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Weather puts some parents in tough spot
Resident says 'cabin fever' is happening at her house
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Students may be relishing the days off school or day care this week, but some parents say it's time to go back to class.

"It was fun, but there was some cabin fever going on," said Braselton resident Sarah Martin, who stayed home Monday through Wednesday with her 2-year-old son who attends a day care facility.

Hall County Schools and Gainesville City Schools have canceled classes five days this week. Gainesville Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said school parking lots and side streets are still icy after Sunday's snowstorm.

The weather put some parents in a tough spot.

Martin said she and her husband, who both work, took a look at their schedules this week. Martin, a human resources manager, was able to work from home, so she stayed with their son.

By Thursday, the roads had cleared enough for her to travel to the office, she said.

"It's really difficult to be gone from work because it can pile up," Martin said.

Martin described the first few days off as great. She and her son played in the snow, made cupcakes and created Play-Doh sculptures. However, staying home became a challenge after a while.

"Mommy was running out of ideas very quickly," Martin said.

Some local day cares resumed operation Wednesday, including Martin's day care, Goddard School in Flowery Branch.

Martin said her son was missing his friends and was anxious to get back.

Goddard School owner Jina Bean Diaz said that has been the case for many children this week.

"Some parents came in just to get their kids out of the house. Half of the students here are just for play dates," Diaz said Thursday.

"Some will drop their child off to do shopping or errands just to allow them to socialize," she added.

The day care can handle up to 110 children, and was nearly full after it reopened, Diaz said.

The Primrose School, an educational child care center in Gainesville also opened its doors Thursday.

Owner Jenifer McKnight said many parents were expected back at work Thursday after a few days spent at home.

"There was a lot of talk of cabin fever," McKnight said.

School officials said they can understand the burden school cancellations cause for parents.

They try to keep safety and logistics in mind and also seek advice from local road crews and police departments before making a decision.

Students should be back in school Tuesday, as both systems take time off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

The Gainesville and Hall County school boards will make a decision in coming weeks about how to make up the snow days.

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