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Closing School for a Snow Day Not an Easy Decision

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –It’s 4 am. You’re likely sleeping, but when a storm is on the way, that’s when school superintendents are wide awake. ”I drove through West Springfield this morning, saw that there were some icy patches from the previous storm, so thinking about a higher level of snow accumulation on top of some icy streets made me think it was safer to get our students home before the bulk of the storm,” West Springfield Superintendent of Schools Dr .Russell Johnston said.

At 10 am, students were let out.

It was a similar morning in Agawam for Superintendent William Sapelli. “There’s 6 or 7 of us superintendents in our collaborative, Southwick, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Ludlow, West Springfield. We communicate and try to make decisions as a group,” stated Sapelli.

By 12pm, all of Sapelli’s students were dismissed. “It is a hardship for those working parents with daycare. So you have to keep them at the forefront of your mind, but the most important thing is safety of students and staff,” he added.

Sapelli says other factors like geographic location also weigh in on the decision.

DPW progress, and checking in with police on road conditions are also key.

Not to mention, power. “Fausey school is without power right now, so they have no way to heat the school. Fortunately there was enough residual heat in the building to keep the school open today,”

Western Massachusetts Electric crews were out at Fausey elementary today. Dr. Johnston hopes to have the issue repaired by tomorrow.

Both superintendents say kids should expect to be back in class tomorrow.


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