Milford Schools Will Be Open Wednesday

Unlike most neighboring districts, Milford Public Schools will open as scheduled Wednesday.

Milford Schools will be open Wednesday. Credit: Mary MacDonald
Milford Schools will be open Wednesday. Credit: Mary MacDonald
Milford students will be back in class on Wednesday, unlike several neighboring districts that cancelled school.

In a message, Superintendent Robert Tremblay said students and parents should use caution in traveling this morning, and that bus drivers would be instructed to stop for any walkers that the drivers see on the way to school.

Several neighboring districts, including Mendon-Upton, Holliston, Hopkinton and Medway, cancelled school Tuesday night. But Tremblay made the call Wednesday morning.

At 6 a.m., the temperature in Milford was 9 degrees. The region is under a Wind Chill Advisory from the National Weather Service, with a wind chill factor of as low as negative 14 degrees. The advisory says people should dress in layers, with a hat, if they are going to be outdoors. A wind chill factor lower than negative 20 can result in frost bite in 30 minutes.

The wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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STOP DCF January 22, 2014 at 06:20 AM
AGAIN....its obvious he cares only about what day in June the kids get out instead of their safety in January!
Sarah January 22, 2014 at 06:58 AM
We are always the only town that has school. I am moving from this town, these people care more about the wrong things than our children. He should've just canceled school just like everybody else.
Sarah January 22, 2014 at 07:00 AM
Just read the windchill advisory. I see kids waiting outside every morning and they still have to wait there today as usual. That's not right.
Scott T January 22, 2014 at 07:00 AM
This is foolish on the part of Tremblay. Can you imagine the traffic this morning with every bus making random stops to pick up every kid they see walking. Will this cause distracted driving while bus drivers are looking for kids walking? How many extra times will each bus stop and snarl up traffic? If a child get hurt in this frigid weather with only the hope of a bus ride, will Tremblay be held to account! Outrageous at best. I am not effected by this and I am home today only live in Milford but I think this was a stupid call. God help this guy if a little kid gets hurt in this.
Laurie Stanley January 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Do we live in NE? The cold temps and snow is nothing new to us here! Today would have been a wasted day off in my opinion, the roads are cleared, just wet, yes it's freezing out there but again it's winter in January! So are we expected to keep our kids home all winter because it's to cold out?!? Put on a coat, hat, gloves, boots and stop being babies..
Amanda coleman January 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM
His kids are home safe.
Sarah January 22, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Laurie Stanley. You seem to not understand. This town is the only town in MA that is always last minute and never any delays. There are conditions that require a child stay home like the wind chill advisory of almost -20 degrees and children outside waiting 30+ for the bus. Also, when the road are not clear and with black ice, it is not safe to drive in those conditions so that is a liability to the school and a safe concern for the parents. If they never want to have a delay to allow road clean up or listen to the weather advisory, then they need to put more effort on their end. For example, no clean roads, school delay until they get them cleared. Think before you talk, calling people babies. You make no sense.
Sarah January 22, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Laurie, also, I'm pretty sure you are one of those careless parents that sends their kid off with a fever, horrible wether, diarrhea, etc. just so that you won't have to deal with them for some hours.
BC January 22, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Why wouldn't you want kids to have school? For crying out loud we live in New England. There was barely 3 inches of snow and the roads were down to the pavement. The kids just had about 12 days off at Christmas plus a 1/2 day last Friday and they just had this past Monday off. They have way too many days off to begin with. Give me a break! I think the parents are worse than the kids. Get the kids in school so they can get an education. Wake up people!!!
Laurie Stanley January 22, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Well Sarah as someone with a compromised immune system the last thing I'd ever do is send my child to school sick, nothing makes me more irate than the parents who do..so please dont sit there and try to assume you know myself or the type of parent that I am! My post about school being open was my personal opinion, as was yours, I'm sorry if you didn't like what I had to say, but to go ahead and try say that I'm a careless parent, because I agree there should be school?
Amanda coleman January 22, 2014 at 08:34 AM
The sidewalks are slippery and not all are clean. I have witnessed kids walking on the street cause of this. Until someone gets hurt or killed things won't change. This is the Milford way.
Deb January 22, 2014 at 08:38 AM
I agree with what BC had to say. The roads were very clear (at least from what I saw while driving to work this morning at 7) and I passed several bus stops at which some of the waiting children were in cars of their parents or neighbor parents and they appeared to be safe. As for the buses stopping for walkers, it is no worse than being on a road in which the buses stop at every other driveway anyway. I would expect that many of those people complaining now that school is in session, might be complaining at the end of June if Milford school children are still in school. It can't work both ways.
Jessi Moffi January 22, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Well if Laurie is careless than the parents that are letting their children walk or stand at bus stops are lazy!! Drive them to school if the coldness is such a problem! Its going to be even colder tomorrow so should we cancel school then too? Lets just cancel school all winter! Its NE deal with it or move!
Danielle Lizotte January 22, 2014 at 08:57 AM
The drive to school wasn't bad at all this morning. I think they made the right call to hold school, although I'm sure there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth around town this morning.
Ray Auger January 22, 2014 at 09:00 AM
I hate these message boards where people can hide behind a first (or fake) name. No question someone's parenting Sarah. That is inappropriate. You don't know Laurie at all. She's right, we live in NE. If a child has to walk, wait outside for 30+ minutes or is cold then it is up to the parent to make sure their children are safe from the elements. Not an entire school system. We need to take responsibility for the well-being of our own children. If you believe they are in danger then simply take control of the situation and don't pass blame. Keep them home. It's your America.
Sarah January 22, 2014 at 09:03 AM
You all sound so ignorant. If you were paying attention to the detail in what I am saying, you wouldn't sound so uneducated. Seems like maybe you should get your head checked. But it seems like that is the case with the old people here in Milford. And for your information, I see my neighbors outside. Most of the kids are standing and waiting only a small amount in cars. I personally know a few and they are not lazy. Some only have one car and it is shared, some can't take them because of work schedule starts before they are able to drop them off, etc. Proved your ignorance wrong, didn't I? Also, I don't have to move just because I think that when there are bad weather conditions where Milford schools need to give a notice in advance and be more precautions such as a simple hour or two delay to clear up the roads for example. Where I live, not clear but from what you say, the main roads are. Great! But today doesn't speak for everyday. Now, get angry with yourselves because I am just laughing and going on to enjoy my day. Enjoy your dirty Milford water!
Sarah January 22, 2014 at 09:05 AM
And Amanda is right, snow and ice covering sidewalks. No salt on the ground although everyone knew the snow was going to come. They should have prepared and made sure everything was clear for the kids. When I walk to the mailbox for example, I am walking on the street with the rest of the kids! Bye now.
Amy Kurzontkowski January 22, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Sarah, There are many other towns that had school. I have one car, 2 kids and a job and I made it work. Bundle your babies up and drive them to school. A CARELESS parent would be rooting for no school (just saying). These kids get far too many days off as it is. Just because you're pissed off and didn't get your way today, doesn't mean you have to judge other people. Shame on you
BC January 22, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Sarah can barely put a sentence together. She must have missed too many days at school way back when. Blah blah blah....It's New England. It snows here. Get over it. You want school canceled for 3 inches of snow? That's laughable. Having school today was the right call. Get the kids in class to get an education. Sitting at home will not help them. Toughen up.
Jessi Moffi January 22, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Well Sarah than maybe those parents shouldn't have kids if they have to make their kids stand out side and not provide them with the Necessities of everyday living in NE! And we will enjoy our day too while our kids are in school & got there with no problems and no delays! And will enjoy our kids when we are laying by the pool in June!
Katie Smith January 22, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I am very proud of Mr. Trembley for standing by his conviction and not canceling school because of snow. I have read all of the posts and for those who are concerned about the cold temperatures, bundle your kids up, or drive them to school. If school was canceled when it was cold, our children would hardly ever be in school! We live in Massachusetts where we understand that in the winter the temperatures get cold. We did have a fairly large amount of snow, but the roads were clear. I live in a very hilly part of Milford and the roads were fine. I work 40 miles away from home, and all major roads were clear! I am not ignorant or uneducated because I feel that children should have to attend school in snow or cold weather. It infuriated me last year when school was canceled because of “high snow banks”. Again, we live in New England. If you don’t like Mr. Trembley’s decision, then you should set up an appointment with him and meet with him directly and let him know how you feel, not air your disagreement on here.
Ray Auger January 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Again... take responsibility for your own lives and the lives of your children. If you have one car in the family... work it out. If you have to be at work before your kid goes to school... work it out. Or don't have kids. It's as simple as that. Stop treating school like it is child care. And if you are going to call people out Sarah then have the decency to use your full name so we know who bashing us "old people".
Milford Senior Man January 22, 2014 at 09:36 AM
It's good the kids had school today. They need to toughen up! I made my kids walk to school. Big deal, it's only a mile.
Katie Smith January 22, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Sarah, I am a little unclear as to why Mr. Trembley should have called a one or two hour delay when the roads are fine? The bus drivers were informed to pick up any walkers that they see. My child is expected to walk from my house to Stacy. There are no sidewalks, yet the school expects him to get there. And he does, every day. We have taught him how to walk safely on the streets and to be cautious. Kids now a days need to learn to do stuff on their own. I see way to many kids dependent on their parents.
Hawk's Mom January 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM
I admit I was nervous about buses running and kids walking at 6 AM...but must give Milford Hiway Dept kudos for the job they did on this storm. The last couple storms were not handled nearly as well...way to turn it around gentlemen. While it is winter in NE, safety is the issue - while not a huge fan- the superintendent is darned if he does and darned if he doesn't.
Michael Soares January 22, 2014 at 06:27 PM
It seems that too many superintendents make their decisions simply based on the evening news. I'm pleased he waited to see what conditions were really like before making a decision. We really should reserve snow days for those exceptionally large snow storms. Otherwise our kids will grow up and call out of work for any little thing.


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