Having learned their lesson three years ago when the Colts won the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Public School system has already decided on a two-hour delay for Monday morning.
Back in 2007, after the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, Indianapolis was forced to cancel school all together on Monday, apparently, because the city's bus drivers were too tired and/or hungover to get little Johnny to school on time.
A spokeswoman for Indianapolis Public Schools is calling the two-hour delay a fair compromise. From TheINDYchannel.com:
"We want to make sure that we came up with a compromise that puts education first by having the school day, while at the same time recognizing that, for staff members that have to be at work by 5:30 (a.m.), it could be really difficult, since the game starts (late)," said IPS spokeswoman Mary Louise Bewley.
In 2007, IPS was forced to cancel classes the day after the Super Bowl because too many bus drivers did not pick up children.
You hear that, bus drivers? This year, you get to sleep it off for two more hours! I might also suggest that the IPS pass some kind of a "Kids have to be reeeally quiet on the bus Monday morning, because Mr. Arnold the bus driver has a splitting headache" ordinance.
Not everyone is happy with the decision, though. TheINDYchannel.com found one parent who didn't care for it at all.
"Not being a football fan, I think it's kind of ridiculous," said Mary Jo DeMyer. "My son danced in 'The Nutcracker' and they wouldn't give him an excused absence for that, and yet they're delaying school for two hours because of a football game."
Now, granted, I'm biased because this is an NFL blog, and not a Young Boys Express Themselves Through Dance blog, but come on, lady, it's the Super Bowl. I'm not saying that your son's gift for delicately prancing in tights isn't just as important, but surely you realize that the boy's grand jeté doesn't hold as much interest for the general public as the Super Bowl.
Enjoy your extra two hours, students and staff.