School and Business Closing Detector


Not too long ago, we had a big army of snowfall marching in to attack our streets (and gas bills, if we all wished to avoid the accompanying twenty-below-zero wind chill). Seeing this pending attack, local schools did the responsible thing and canceled classes, wanting to keep their students safe. Some businesses, often those pertaining to children, did the same.

Long story short, my school was waiting to call things off (superintendents from the various districts have phone conferences, discuss what the best plan is, and so forth). Tired of checking the news’ local website, having to tediously refresh everything manually, I wrote a little web scraping tool in Python to help me along.

It’s nothing too fancy, and I’m sure I’d have done things differently if I were turning this into a full-fledged program. However, I think it’s still worth posting, even in its immature state, because someone may learn something from it–or, someone may point something out to me that I could have done differently, so that I too can learn.

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michael schade

I built out engineering and operations teams at Stripe as employee #20 from 2012 to 2019; now I'm working on something new. I like helping people, photography, reading, gym, traveling, and learning new things. Say hi! 🏳️‍🌈

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