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Tell Us: Do You Think School Should Have Been Cancelled in Norton?

What are your thoughts on the Norton Superintendent's decision not to cancel school?

While some residents are still digging themselves out of Blizzard Nemo, interim superintendent Dr. Christopher Martes says that school is in session.

Some nearby school districts such as Attleboro, Mansfield and Taunton have cancelled classes. Some parents and many students believe Norton should follow suit due to some back roads and sidewalks still covered in snow.

"Newcomb Street is in terrible shape, Newland not much better," said Norton mom Allison Plante Keaney on Facebook. "I am really uncomfortable with my 1st grader riding the bus with these road conditions. Add a layer of freezing rain and it's not good."

Not everyone is against the decision, however. The announcement illicited a series of cheers from many parents.

"It sounds good to me, but my son wanted to know if they could hold off school until after February vacation," said Lisa Downey Sheedy on Facebook. "My response.... That's wishful thinking!"

Was this the best choice? What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below. 

tammy February 12, 2013 at 02:08 PM
The sidewalks are not plowed. This is a safety issue and the reason Attleboro, North Attleboro, etc. canceled school. There are a number of kids (including mine) that walk to school. There is no place for them to walk! I am fortunate that I have people who can bring my kids back and forth, but what about the parents who don't have this option?? It's ridiculous. These sidewalks should have been done yesterday in preparation to send the kids back to school today.
Worried Mother February 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
SCHOOL SHOULD BE CLOSED. LIVES ARE AT STAKE HERE. INNOCENT CHILDREN. THE LIVES OF YOUNG ONES. A FULL LIFE AHEAD OF THEM. THE DANGERS OF THE STREETS AND THE CONDITIONS OF THE ROADS ARE UNACCEPTABLE AND DANGEROUS TO ANYONE WHO USES THEM. STAY INSIDE AND OFF THE ROADS AND KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM THE NORTON SCHOOL DISTRICT. OUR CHILDREN MUST BE KEPT SAFE AND OUT OF SCHOOL UNTIL THE ROADS ARE PLOWED AND ROAD CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN DRASTICALLY IMPROVED. THIS IS A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN. STAY OFF THE ROADS.
John Francis February 12, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I think every parent is entitled to make their own decision everyday as to what is best for their children. IMHO I think early release on Fri was a bad decision and would not have sent my kids to school. I thought closing yesterday was wise and open today was the right decision. If I felt differently I would have kept the kids home or driven them in myself. I am up at 5:30 every morning - watch the weather - talk to the Postal delivery person/everyone I can as to condition of roads around town and make my own decision.
High School Student February 12, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I know at least three people, myself included, who got into accidents with cars or Norton's giant snowbanks on the way to school this morning. This was due to primarily the lack of plowing on Norton's side roads-- one of my peers saw a bus coming on her currently single lane road (as a result of the poor plowing) that was not slowing down and was basically driven off the road.. We clearly shouldn't have had school today. How many accidents would it take for Dr. Martes to realize this? Isn't one enough? And now I hear of an accident right outside the middle school, where numerous children walk to and from school.. I do not know if the sidewalks are clear there, but I would not be surprised if they weren't. Some sidewalks have been plowed, but then the openings to the crosswalks have 3+ feet of snow on them, eliminating the need to actually have sidewalks! The crosswalk at the library is a prime example of this. I know many students who walk to the library after school...
Sherri Reynolds February 12, 2013 at 09:41 PM
I could not agree more with you!!! As I was driving my child and a friend to school this morning - who both typically walk to school because of the short distance but are currently unable to due so because of the unplowed sidewalks - I nearly hit another student walking on the side of the road towards the high school. I could not see over the ridiculously high snow banks and this poor student was forced to walk on the street because the sidewalks were unavailable to them! Quite a poor decision on Dr. Martes' part in my opinion. I know that many parents in the area (including me) have children that walk to school and we could not be more outraged at the decision to keep school in session while our streets remain a disaster. And don't even get me started on the power lines down in front of the Yelle school! Is the Norton School District TRYING to have students electrocuted?! Go check it out for yourself...this is not safe!!
Mary S February 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM
^Like^ Most people don't understand the workload with such a massive storm and the manpower involved for the clean up alone, especially with limited resources. It can't be done in just a day or two, but takes many days. We live in New England and if we closed the school for every condition that could potentially be hazardous (even rain could be hazardous as it makes slick roads), then the schools would be closed half the year for crying out loud. My children drive, and I taught them what to do in these types of conditions and use caution.
John Francis February 13, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I just came back from driving from Bay to Worcester Street and back. I would honestly not be able to tell you how many folks were walking on the roadways in black/very dark colored clothing on the roads. Absolutely amazing! The roads - not bad - had to double/triple check on a few turns but slow and easy - just fine...a wee bit of common sense goes a long ways.
John Francis February 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Pretty slick out there this morning from all the melting yesterday. Be careful if you got puddles at the end of your driveway. Probably a good amount of black ice on the roads early on.

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