It's a rather conditional question, is it not? I'm rather old fashioned, so I'd first need to ask, what does it mean to be a parent, whatever the weather dictates? Handling school closings? Simple: The kids stay home with you. Then the parent that's THERE and fully available as their parent simply augments their education at home. It's not a loss, but more of a bonus.
Then, in all honesty, I'd have to amend it by saying more, in light of present-day realities. While being there for the kids always no matter the weather is an ideal, there's more going on now. Lifestyles dictate that is is the actual situation. Idealizing comes too late. So If both parents working is what's deemed the best choice, obviously, its requirments & pecadillos must be faced & resolved, too. Seems wise to have plans in place for the inevitables when that's decided. They will happen.
Some alternative plan for this weather situation (and countless other situations) should be in place, because weather and who-knows-what is going to happen inevitably. Shouldn't it get figured in when setting up the lifestyle whenever there are dependent children involved? Surely it's no surprise!
Couldn't one of the parents simply take work time off to be at home with the children when there's a major disrupting situation cauied by such inevitable school closings (or countless others)?
Such sudden situations aren't generational, but have occurred ever since schools have been in the mix! Parents always have needed to be alert to and aware of them - and prepared to handle them.
There are priorities involved, are there not? Children come first, right/
The other choices might be to leave them to fend for themselves or to have whomever could be found who is not also incapacitated by the storm look in on them. Not exactly parental concern - but. . . . what else would be expected if you can be there?