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UPDATED: Superintendent Reverses Position, Milford Schools to Remain Closed

Updated: Superintendent Robert Tremblay on Sunday announced that schools would reopen Monday, but that people need to use caution. He later reconsidered.

UPDATED: Milford Schools will be closed, after all. Superintendent Robert Tremblay decided Sunday night that he would keep schools closed Monday.

A message to parents will be sent out by the school system.

Original Post:

The Milford public schools will reopen Monday, Superintendent Robert Tremblay announced on Sunday, but drivers, parents and students need to exercise caution. He encouraged parents of students who walk to arrange for rides to school.

The Milford Highway Department will be working through Sunday to have sidewalks cleared as best they are able, Tremblay wrote, in a message to parents on the school system website. The department expects that 60-70 percent of the sidewalks will be clear by the morning.

And the department also has been working to knock down snow banks at bus stops, Tremblay wrote.

Scott Crisafulli, the Milford Highway Surveyor, said Sunday afternoon the sidewalks along major routes should be done by the morning, except possibly Purchase Street. Connecting and residential streets will not be completed, he said.

"We definately won't have them all done."

Highway workers worked clearing snow from streets and sidewalks from 3 a.m. until noon Sunday, then went home for eight hours to sleep. The workers will be back on at 8 p.m. Sunday and will work through the night, Crisafulli said.

According to Tremblay, Milford buses will pick up any students they see walking en route to schools, as part of an emergency busing plan.

"In the interest of safety, I would encourage families to arrange for walkers to be driven to school on Monday," Tremblay wrote. "We need everyone to be on watch for children and driving carefully — especially where the view is obstructed by snowbanks."

Lorna Doone February 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Coming off a blizzard with over two feet of snow, freezing rain predicted for tommorrow morning, sidewalks not cleared, elementary school children and up walking on the streets to school, sounds like a recipe for disaster, but what the heck, everyone wants to get out early in June. So, cross your fingers and hope the children don't get run down. As it is, many commuters don't bother to stop for buses, much less children crossing streets in Milford to board their school bus or while walking to school. It is like a road race in Milford during the morning and evening commutes. Bad decision.
Katie Lenza Dexter February 10, 2013 at 09:45 PM
totally agree....this is just about getting out a day earlier in june....how about calling a delay so that the kids can travel to school after the commute????
Dawn Anderson February 10, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I think this decision is insane. As i drove to the grocery store today i saw that none of the sidewalks where plowed and i didnt see anyone working on them. I agree that this is a recipe for disaster.. Parents please use your own judgement on sending your children to school. i really do not want to hear of anything happening to any child. very BAD DECISION!!!
Accomplished Mrs. Independent February 10, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Stupid choice Trembley!!!!! Two of my kids walk to two different schools and I do not get home from work until 8:30 am to bring them! I dont have people in my life to transport them so if they get hurt trying to get to school in the morning, best believe their will be an enormous lawsuit against you for making an idiotic decision to open schools WITHOUT ALL sidewalks CLEAR!!!! Not one is clear from my home to either school and it is 5pm Sunday evening! Get your lack of common sense head out of the gutter buddy!!!!!
Milford Senior Man February 10, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Today, these children have it easy compared to the old days. When I was a kid I had to walk 50 miles to school wind, rain, snow, it didn't matter. Back then I didn't even have shoes.
Accomplished Mrs. Independent February 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Key words there "back then". This isnt the 50's anymore!! We care about the safety of our children!! Back then you were also allowed to get beat! Want to still go there?
Busy Mom February 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Suppose you had to walk backwards too.lol
Teacher's Pet February 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Just add this to the list of lies Tremblay tells. But don't worry, the SC buys them all. Besides his own kids go to school in Mendon, not Milford. So what does he care if we get killed getting to school? We, the students, are secondary in his agenda.
Myd Nevins February 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Maybe the fifty miles and no shoes part rings with exaggeration but I have to agree kids have it alot easier these days.
Mummy of 2 February 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM
This is a dangerous decision. In my neighborhood there is not one single sidewalk cleared and my daughters bus stop is under a snowbank about 6' tall (as of 6:15pm) Being a one car family with a husband that leaves at 5am for work, I will not be able to get my son who is a walker to school. I feel with this decision is an accident waiting to happen especially with a mix of sleet and rain due in the morning. I understand the importance of not missing school however I will not risk my kids safety to get them there. I would much rather have an extra school day in June.
Joe Malkin February 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM
haha this is hilarious. You as parents have the ability and the right to keep your children out of school if you so choose. Whether it is because of safety or any other reason. Don't make excuses about how your children have to walk to two different schools. If that is what you are so worried about tell you boss that you will be a few minutes late because you want to drive your children to school to ensure their safety. The town is deciding to do this because these kids have had too many days off to begin with and now have no February vacation what so ever. It is going to be 50 and rainy tomorrow, the snow will be melting but if you are concerned with the safety of your children then be a parent and keep them out of school and at home for another day of doing nothing productive. There is no snow in the classroom. Take a little responsibility for you own offspring and drive them instead of complaining about them having to walk. With the logic I see on this article you would all want to keep your kids out due to flurries. Or should they cancel because of all the rain tomorrow? Good choice. The kids are in your hands before and after school, during is the time that the teachers and staff have them on their clock. Let's be serious here people.
Awilda Gonzalez February 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I Just heard we are getting another storm. Rain, ice and some snow so how are the schools going to be open with hardly sidewalks cleared and another storm approaching.
sammy February 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Joe- i would like to start by saying i assume you do not have young children....either that or you are a terrible father for lacking concern for how these parents feel. Who do you think you are to say someone's (especially a parents) concerns aren't legitimate or viable? I understand there is an uneasy feeling about sending your child(ren) to school tomorrow considering the sidewalk and road conditions. i agree with Joe on this one thing...if you really feel sending your child to school may place them in harms way keep them home. Under the condition the parents of this town need to come together and speak up!!!Address your concerns and work together to come up with a solution. I myself have a 6yr. old who will be taking the bus tomorrow. I will also be calling the school in the morning to let them ask and address all questions and concerns i have.
Teacher's Pet February 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Then I guess Boston, Worcester, Hopkinton, Uxbridge, and all the other towns who have cancelled for tomorrow are just a bunch of cry babies, too? No, they care about their children, the students.
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Good one, Senior Man!
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM
No, you see, it was hyperbole! To make a funny point. I liked it. Take care of your kids!
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM
If they cancel school you say they're lazy. If they don't, you say they don't care about kids. Plus ca change, as the French say. Safety is the first thing, then complain about the details...
Accomplished Mrs. Independent February 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM
JOE MALKIN: Let me just say that I am an officer and unable to just leave. As far as kids not needing to be in school...IT IS THE LAW!!!! They must attend unless doctors say otherwise. Learn your laws before acting like you know everything!
Deb Nilan February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
School is officially cancelled in Milford!
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I recognize most of you as Milford, Mass. readers, but am getting some emails from people in CT who think this is their school system reopening. This is the Milford, MA Patch. And I just updated the story to include comments from the highway surveyor.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I just spoke to the superintendent and he has reconsidered his decision to open schools on Monday. He cited the anticipated freezing rain in the morning, concerns expressed by parents, and a closer look at the conditions in Milford.
Thomas OLoughlin February 11, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Superintendent Bob Tremblay consulted with Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafulli concerning the Highway Departments progress and he reviewed the conditions at bus stops in Milford and has decided to CANCEL SCHOOL FOR MONDAY. Chief Tom O'Loughlin
Accomplished Mrs. Independent February 11, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Very much appreciated and considerate! Thank you from a valued security officer whose job concerns the safety of the public! Just the same as you, Mr. O'Loughlin. I am not one for getting harsh as I am a well appreciated individual but when safety is an issue, I pride my work ethics even while not on duty to the safety of all citizens. Thanks again everyone! If my children must attend school into August, as long as they are safe, so be it! That is all that matters and all that should matter.

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