You can’t please all of the people all of the time, and no one knows that better than a superintendent trying to decide whether to close schools for bad weather.

Many area schools were closed Thursday, but several along the shore, which got primarily rain, did open, though some an hour or so later than usual.

No matter what decision was made, there were at least a few people second-guessing it, though school officials said most parents supported their decision to open Thursday.

Ocean City Superintendent Kathyrn Taylor said attendance was good, and she had received no complaints about opening.

Margate and Northfield reported about 20 more students than average were absent. A few teachers who live outside the area, where there was more snow, did not make it in.

Northfield Superintendent Janice Fipp said the decision has been complicated because there have been so many storms this year and their severity has varied throughout the area.

She posted her procedure in a memo on the school district’s home page so parents can better understand how she makes the decision.

She said she has noticed more schools making the decision to close the night before, but she still prefers to make the call early in the morning, when she can get a more accurate picture of the weather. She said the goal is always to open, as long as it can be done safely. Updates are posted on the district website.

Northfield is a small town with no busing. Larger districts with busing may have to make the call earlier, because they have to allow time for buses to be prepared and determine if all roads will be clear enough to travel.

Atlantic City also opened Thursday. There were some concerns about street flooding and higher rates of absenteeism among students and staff at some schools.

Superintendent Donna Haye said most of the schools had good attendance, but the district did cancel afterschool programs.

Mainland Regional High School opened 90 minutes late. Superintendent Thomas Baruffi said there were a few more students absent than usual Thursday.

But, he said, that might also have been attributed to some families getting an early jump on the four-day Presidents Day holiday weekend, because school will be closed today and Monday.

Those school holidays may be welcomed this year, as there is a chance of more snow this morning and Monday.

Meanwhile, Vineland, which was closed for its fifth snow day Thursday, announced that students will attend school for a half-day March 21, which was originally scheduled as a staff training day. Staff will remain for training in the afternoon.

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