Super Bowl Delays Perry Hall Area Private School

St. Joseph School, Fullerton on Belair Road planned to open two hours late on Monday.

Did the Ravens' Super Bowl win—and any subsequent celebrations—leave you wishing for a couple extra hours of sleep Monday morning? 

, one of the Perry Hall area's largest private schools serving K-8, announced a plan to offer students just that. 

A parent forwarded the following email, delivered on Jan. 30, from the school: 


Because so many teachers and students will be up late watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night, St. Joseph School, Fullerton, will open two hours late on Monday, February 4, 2013.  A flyer with more complete information was sent home with the students today.  Thank you for your understanding of the need for sleep for these children.

A notice on the school's online calendar confirmed the planned two-hour delay. 

A parent, who declined to be identified, stated that the delay needlessly causes hardship for working parents. 

As a policy, the school follows the weather-related closure and delay schedule announced by Baltimore County Public Schools. Any deviations from that schedule are announced to parents and publicized on the school's website. 

Do Super Bowl celebrations justify a late start to the school day? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

Fullerton Mom February 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM
So I suppose school will be closed tomorrow so they can go to the parade?
Perry Hall Mom February 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Lets remember one thing, this school is a PRIVATE school and the parents pay tuition to go there. They can set the schedule that they want to set. School also starts at 8:00am unlike the Balto Co. public elementary schools that start at 9am. Why this is bothering any of you I don't understand - none of your tax dollars go to the school.
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Then any parent who is in disagreement with this will be reimbursed for those two hours - issue resolved.
Bob Thomas February 04, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Guessing John Doe is a Patriots fan!!!!! Issue now resolved. Congratulations St Joe's school for allowing all kids and parents to get the rest they needed to be more productive than any other school in Baltimore today!!!!!
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Not a Patriots fan - it has nothing to do with that. We are thinking about sending our children to a private school (it is a competitive market) and this is the only one of the four we visited that did this, so we question the committment to education for the tuition to be paid. I remember watching 'The Ten Commandments' with Charlton Heston as a kid late Sunday and Monday night, until 11:00PM, and don't remember a delay in school the next day. I could have used some sleep. I am sure their are numerous parents in agreement with me, but won't say anything because they are afraid.
Andrea Montgomery Schermerhorn February 04, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Dear John Doe - I would hope that if you are looking at private schools in the area you would take into account more then if the school gave the children and teachers a 2 hour delay or not after the super bowl. As a parent at this school I was very happy to hear of this. To me it allowed our family to enjoy a spectacular moment in Baltimore history without having to worry about putting our child to bed half way through it and having him miss out when he was so excited to be a part of it all. Also, this school gave the parents 4 days notice on this delay. This was extremely helpful in making any arrangements that had to be made... I mean if I had awoken to a 2 hour delay for snow or ice I would have been scrambling around to make arrangements. So 4 days notice was a welcome sight. And just so you are aware, many of the catholic schools in the archdioceses were giving 2 hours delay (heck some even closed). For whatever reason the Perry Hall Patch found it necessary to single out SJS in this article without mentioning other schools in the area.
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Thank you for the perspective, School Mom.
Emerald Greene February 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM
@ John Doe, you might also be interested to know that St. Joseph's was closed on January 2, so that "maintence work" could be done on the school. Also, the announcement to open schools two hours late was made after parent visitiation day, during Catholic Schools Week. Pretty sneaky if you ask me.
Andrea Montgomery Schermerhorn February 04, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Emerald Greene - I'm curious as to why you think it was "sneaky"? I dont feel there was anything sneaky about our principal and Fr. Kevin making the decision, just because it fell during CSW has nothing to do with it. Also maintence work was necessary to keep the school in good shape for the kids. If you looked at the christmas vacation week Christmas eve was on a Monday and Christmas Eve on a Tuesday... Leaving the maintence staff only 3 days to do what normally takes 5-7 days to complete during Christmas Break. It was an oversight in making the calander for the school year. And like I said it was done for the betterment of the children.
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Also, if the Orioles make it to the World Series next year and it goes 7 games, should the school be delayed 2 hours after every game? Those games go much later into the night than the Super Bowl. I wouldn't want my child, who is an avid Orioles fan, to miss a spectacular moment in Baltimore history. That would be ~ 14 hours of education lost.
Cathy February 04, 2013 at 08:22 PM
I am also St. Joe's parent. In this case, I think the school should have given more notice to parents. We've known since January 19th that the Ravens would be in the Super Bowl, but the school did not announce the delay until the 30th. That being said, I did enjoy the extra time watching the game with my family.
Andrea Montgomery Schermerhorn February 04, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Wow... Talk about a mountain out of a mole hill... This was a one time occurance that happened and the majority of the school parents and children and staff were extremely greatful for it. I guess it just goes back to you can't please everyone.
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Please don't forget about March Madness...my child is an avid Maryland Terrapin basketball fan and I wouldn't want him to miss out on any of the games leading up to the championship game - 6 games - another ~ 12 hours of education lost. School Mom, we can justify anything if it benefits us. You can't say what sport is more important than another.
JB February 04, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I'm a St Joe's parent and my entire family enjoyed staying up late to watch the whole game without having to worry about getting up early the next morning.
A Person February 04, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I just checked the school website and they are not closed for the parade. Hope you sleep better tonight knowing that the kids have a full day at school.
A Person February 04, 2013 at 08:59 PM
How do you draw a connection between a Private school setting their schedule the way they want to and you asking Balto County for the right to park in handicapped spots? Are you serious?
A Person February 04, 2013 at 09:04 PM
John Doe - if you want your child to watch baseketball then just hold them out on those days. Are you really that bent out of shape about a 2 hour delay at school that your kids dont even go to?. Should the school contact you every time they decide to delay or not delay for weather? Should they contact you to get your approval to set the 1st day of school, because it might not go well with your summer plans?
A Person February 04, 2013 at 09:11 PM
John Doe - you are questioning the committment to education because a school delay of 2 hours? I guess you have your answer then, out of the 4 schools you visited you probably don't want to go there. if school is closed for an enitre day for snow, would you say the same thing? Based on your posts, I'm going to say that you would open a law suit against Mother Nature on the grounds that she was hindering the education of your child.
BmoreBobRob February 04, 2013 at 09:23 PM
My cousin lives in San Diego and his school opened on time.
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 09:29 PM
A Person - this was a spoof on what was written above - it is a joke - it is not serious - lighten up.
John Doe February 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
A Person - it seems that not all parents were thrilled with the communication for this delay and the delay, period. You are bringing up the weather, which we can't control. We are are talking about a planned delay, which we can control. The last sentence of the school message is hilarious. It obviously is not only about the children.
Kristen Reynolds February 04, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Thank you St. Joe's! We were so happy for the delay for the kids! This is such a rarety and it was a nice treat for the kids. Having kids in this school for 8 years now, I am not the slightest bit concerned about the loss of 2 hours. The kids would have been half asleep for the first 2 hours anyway. And the superb education and dedication of this school's staff is so commendable. I'm glad the teachers got to sleep in too! They deserve a little break!
Emerald Greene February 04, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I think the announcement was sneaky because parents visiting the building during CSW Open House would not have the opportunity to voice their concerns, if they had any, in person with the principal. That's the impression I got.
JB February 04, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Just to let you know, a few of us informally asked many of the parents (before the decision was made) on the morning of the open house to see what they thought and most (maybe 90-95%) were in favor of a delayed opening. The announcement was made while many of those same parents were in the school.
Brown Eyes February 05, 2013 at 01:35 AM
There are strong opinions on both sides of this issue. As a “school mom” I was at school during CSW, I was not asked my opinion of the 2 hour delay. My husband and I both work full-time. Just like many of the parents at St. Joe’s, I do not have parents or in-laws that can pick up or drop off my child. There are many parents at St. Joe’ s who are doing everything they can to send their children to St. Joseph’s so that they can receive a good Catholic education. Not everyone has the extra money for day care to take their children to for the unexpected or expected two hour delay. There are many employers who do not like it when you are late for work. In this economy, many of us are blessed to have a job. Unfortunately, what it boils down to is the fact that with all the half-days, professional days, two hour delays (especially this time of year with the weather) , and unexpected school closings (weather related), this two hour delay was unnecessary. St. Joseph’s does not give two parent working families enough consideration. For example, Market Day pickup is between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. If you are a two parent family that works full time, there is no way to order for this fundraiser. Another example is the Seafood sale. The only day that I would be able to pick up is on the evening of Ash Wednesday (when there is no pickup). Next time a decision like this is considered, I hope that all the families will be put into consideration.
BTJ February 05, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Pamela February 05, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Just in case anyone was wondering...John Carroll in Harford County closed for the entire day...while the public school kids attended class. Being a parent in both the private & public school system...I think school is school and it should be left up to each individual family. Hmmmmm, that's a thought...it's late...and my boss expects me to be at work on time...despite there is a Ravens parade tomorrow...can you imagine that?!?!
AllStar February 05, 2013 at 04:15 AM
What a great decision by St. Joseph's!
Cris Wilson February 05, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I would like to know what parent submitted this note. My child goes to St. Joes and a I am a full time working parent. At least we were forwarned about opening late and can make arrangements in advance. Where as if we went in late for a snow, we full time working parents don't have last minute arrangements on these days. If you have problems with the administration at St. Joes I suggest you leave your complaints with them and not on the Patch.
Jolene February 05, 2013 at 11:13 PM
As a teacher I can tell you many of the children needed the sleep. Many of them were still sleepy with the delay. However unlike previous years, even when we weren't in the Super Bowl, attendance was not good. I had perfect attendance on Monday with the delay. I was able to teach reading, math, and social studies even with the shortened day. Many private schools delayed or used floating holidays to take off. St. Joseph is an excellent school that completely prepares children for high school. My two children have done extremely well there.


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