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Day Off or Early Release? What Was the Right Choice?

The decision to close schools today sparked a debate on Milford Patch.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

By Les Masterson

Winter in New England is no fun for town officials who read weather reports and need to make the final decision -- keep the schools open, close them for the day or schedule an early release.

This storm was especially difficult, as the snow totals were constantly in flux mostly because of the rain/snow line.

Milford and many other school districts decided to close schools on Thursday, while others went with early release and a few brave souls decided to open school for the full day.

The decision is far from perfect and open to second guessing, and Milford Patch readers have been debating the issue on the site and on Facebook.

What do you think? Should the schools have been closed for the day? Should there have been an early release? Or should the schools be opened today? Let us know in the comment section. 

Danielle Lizotte February 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I think it is best to err on the side of caution when we are dealing with the safety of young children. I know back in the olden days, when there were fewer cars, stay at home mothers and neighborhood schools, it was probably an easier decision to hold school classes and then dismiss as needed. Now families need advance time to plan alternatives when school is out. I think we've done very well in Milford with predicting bad travelling conditions. One of the last storms many towns around us cancelled but Milford did not and it turned out to be the right call. This morning it was pretty calm and looked like we could have held school but at 12:20 there is a raging storm outside. I'm beginning to think Tremblay has a crystal ball. Spooky.
SpeedwayResident February 13, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Look outside right now. Would you want your child or grandchild on a bus or driving home from the high school right now? Where are all the whiners that were on the original post this morning??

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