Was it the Right Call to Close Newton Schools Monday?
Many parents and teachers took to social media Sunday night to express their opinions about Monday's school cancellation in Newton.
After the Friday-Saturday blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow on Newton, school officials decided Sunday night to cancel school for Monday, Feb. 11.
Once the announcement was made, several parents and teachers took to social media to express their opinions on the decision to cancel school. Here's a sampling of what we saw:
@ctanowitz: Wish #Newton schools would give a reason for closing schools in the phone message. Parents aren't happy. Cc: @14thVillage @NewtonMAPatch
@Mr_Martenis: @ctanowitz @NewtonMAPatch #Newton Teachers are frustrated as well.
@dlluce: @Mr_Martenis @ctanowitz @newtonmapatch how about the safety of the children comes first. I think that's the best reason EVER.
@traxbrah: #Newton students are happy @NewtonMAPatch
@MacBlythe: @ctanowitz @14thVillage @NewtonMAPatch Agree... not happy.
According to school officials, the decision to cancel was made due to concerns about narrow roadways and dangers to pedestrians. The city has several instances of "non-continuous sidewalks" that have snow mounds on the corners, forcing pedestrians to walk into the streets at intersections, officials said.
Not having school Monday will allow the DPW time to get those safety concerns rectified, officials said.
Newton DPW Commissioner Dave Turocy told Newton Patch Sunday evening that crews were out all day Sunday clearing roads, sidewalks, school parking lots and crosswalks. DPW workers were set to resume snow removal Monday morning.
What do you think? Did Newton school officials make the right call to cancel school Monday? Share your thoughts/opinions in the comments section below.