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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."

Deb Nilan February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
School is officially cancelled in Milford!
Mary MacDonald 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 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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