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School Children Dodge Snowbanks, Snowy Sidewalks Enroute to School


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Students in Springfield faced mountains of snow and slippery streets and sidewalks as they returned to class today.

The path back to the classrooms was a challenging one for students and parents. With reminders of the winter storm all around, it wasnt exactly a walk in the park.

“Very worried, you know, because the snow is so high half of the sidewalk you cant hardly walk on,” says Moses Garcia of Springfield.

At the Pottenger School in Springfield, priority one was making sure each child was safely inside

“The facilities and custodians did an excellent job on clearing the sidewalks. As you can see students can walk to school, we have lowered the snowbanks so that we can see when students cross the street so we are ready for kids today,” adds school principal Valeria Williams.

The school may have been ready, but the streets where parents usually park to drop of there kids, weren’t.

“It’s a lot of children walking in the street over here.” [Do you get worried about your child getting to school safely?] “Of course and I live right on the corner here.”

Cindy Kize notes, “It’s tough and it’s tough for the cars too. We got like all these cars right here because people are parked here and they don’t shovel properly or plow properly.”

With snow piled several feet high at school intersections, crossing guards were on extra guard to make sure oncoming traffic was ready.

“You just leave a little extra early because you don’t what to expect on the other roads and just home for the best,” says Luis Gonzalez.

Parents of kids who take the bus to school were critical of the safety at bus stops.

Springfield’s DPW says there are working non-stop to get streets as safe as they can.

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