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Snow days create headaches for parents, daycares busy

Posted at 7:39 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 20:39:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Snow days are what every kid seems to wish for this time of year, but for the parents who have to work, it's another added headache.

If a relative or neighbor can't help out, many turn to daycares to watch the kids.

"We have to take off of work you know because of daycare and things like that," said Alishsa Thomas Simmons.

When the school cancellations roll in, Simmons thinks about what to do with her twins.

"It gets real hectic when we have to go to work," said Simmons.

So when there's a snow day, her kids have to go to daycare.

Madgic Daycare in South Kansas City have seen an 80-percent increase in business compared to last year because of the number of parents dropping off their kids thanks to the high amount of snow days.

In times like these, they prepare for the influx of kids.

"It’s a bit like booking hotel rooms where you might overbook so that you make sure you take care of all the capacity because primarily, primary focus is to make certain that the children have a safe alternative to go to while their parents go to work," said Madge, owner of Madgic Daycare.

Sometimes that means calling in some people to help out.

"If you think in terms of a substitute teacher however this was even more so on the fly because you have to have the staffing before you can bring the children in then you have to make the calls to see who is coming in and who is not," added Madge.