Somerville schools closed until Wed. or Thurs.
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The mayor has announced Boston Public Schools will be closed again Tuesday, and other school districts won’t be back in session until Thursday due to poor road and sidewalk conditions.
Somerville residents were still struggling with the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2013 Monday. City officials say with so much snow blocking roads and walkways, the schools will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We’re the most densely populated city in New England; not all our streets are very wide, and public safety is the first and foremost priority of this community especially when it comes to children,” said Joe Curatone, Somerville mayor.
By contrast, the Lexington Schools superintendent reopened his schools Monday, even though many sidewalks were not cleared. He asked parents to drive their kids to school if necessary.
“I think it’s important for kids to be in school. When you close school, it’s very disruptive to the educational process, it’s disruptive to the parents,” Superintendent of Lexington Schools said.
The decision to have school Monday came with mixed reactions from parents.
“For working parents who typically have to be at the office at the time the kids report to school, I can see how that could be an inconvenience,” said one parent.
“I do think that most parents are okay with that thinking, ‘I’ll get my kids to school any way I can,’ [It’s better than having them sit home and watch TV] absolutely,” another parent said.
In other towns like Woburn, which was still closed Monday but plan to reopen Tuesday, parents say they don’t fault the schools for putting safety first – but after four days at home with the kids, it’s been a challenge.
“That’s why we’re [at the mall] we had to get out no matter what ‘cause they were going crazy,” one woman said.
It’s not lost on the parents that all of these snow days come just a week before February break.