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Attleboro Public Schools to Remain Closed Tuesday

Mayor Kevin Dumas says opening the schools would be a public safety hazard.

Attleboro public school students will have another day off Tuesday. The district will remain closed "to allow for snow removal," according to the website.

"It has been declared a public safety issue for students to walk to school due to the large amount of snow at intersections," said Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, according to a press release. "The city will continue to perform the required work to clear sidewalks and lower snow piles appropriately."

He continued, "Our students' safety is paramount and should be everyone's priority. These are the reasons for the closure at this time. I ask for your continued patience during the proper clean-up of Blizzard Nemo."

Local students have not been to class since Thursday and they have next week off for February break.

Tonight's school committee meeting has also been canceled.

Ronda "Roni" Lodge February 11, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Ridiculous!!! What have you people been doing since the snow stopped???? This was NOT the Blizzard of '78. Get it done and get these kids back to school so we don't have complaining at the end of the year making up snow days.
A February 11, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Yes my thoughts exactly! Why isn't this being done today? Its been 2 full days already!
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I have added a statement from Mayor Dumas about the school closure.
P February 11, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I agree...the kids should be back in school. I don't see kids standing out waiting anyway they always sit in their parents cars or come running out of the house when the bus pulls up. Times sure have changed since I was a kid. Children are so coddled these days.
stephen February 11, 2013 at 09:48 PM
This is absurd! Clean up for this storm should have been done by now. Did someone not budget correctly so that plowing could be done? Will the city be paying me for my time lost at work or paying for a sitter? if it snows again this week, will the kids be out till march?????
Steven Scott February 12, 2013 at 02:29 AM
If they do the schools like the roads March just might be the date!
SD February 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Its interesting that the administration really cannot win. It was barely a month ago that there were irate commentators on here posting on the fact that administration DIDNT cancel school and there was a whopping 1-2 inches of snow on the ground. At that time, they were condemned because children were walking in the street and the sidewalks were not finished, and roads were unsafe to drive on, and the children were in terrible danger. Now here we are 2 feet later, roads and sidewalks obviously not ready, city administration is telling citizens that, and people are complaining that there should be school. Im sorry, but you cant have it both ways. Maybe a little consideration should be given to the city personnel, both DPW and School. Snow removal of this magnitude is exhausting, laborous work. Anyone who removed snow at their own homes knows that. Lets not forget that in order to even get to work to do their jobs, they had to get out of their own homes and secure the safety of their own families first. I think its unreasonable to excpect our tax dollars to pay for all the equipment necessary to handle this snow removal at the rate that residents expect. This amount of snow does not come often enough to warrant that.
Jimmy Desper February 12, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Well said SD!
Jen Crowder February 12, 2013 at 03:26 PM
By all means, it is not safe for these kids to get on the bus- the bus cant even make it up the street and I'm just around the corner from the hospital. School Admin finally made a smart decision. The kids who must walk could NEVER make it to school. I personally saw 2 children almost get hit on 123 yesterday walking with their mother trying to get to the store. They had to step off the partially cleared sidewalk because of a 10 foot tall snow bank and drivers were not paying attention. I applaud the schools decision but it shouldn't have come to this. Poor planning by the city is what parents are complaining about, not the fact that the kids are home for another day.
Brandy G. February 12, 2013 at 05:24 PM
There was a branch in the road following """Hurricane""" Sandy and parents were on here whining about school not being canceled. The same for the """snow storm""" we got last month, all of 2 inches of snow. I don't know about you parents but if I had kids, I would NOT want them walking in the street just to get to school. The DPW has slacked on clean-up, especially on sidewalks, so if you have an issue with school being canceled today you should probably take it up with them and not school administration. Don't worry, I'm bracing myself for the barrage of angry plow drivers who have worked three days and think I owe them something for playing with our tax dollars :)
Janice J February 12, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Just drove up and down Oak Hill Avenue and Locust Street to see if it would be safe for my daughter to walk to the middle school. The sidewalks are still not cleared yet. The parking lots for both Hyman Fine and Wamsutta are plowed and looked great. Just wondering if there will be school tomorrow or not.
George Glass February 12, 2013 at 06:47 PM
SIDEWALKS? Where on earth are those??? No where on Pleasant Street that's for sure. All sorts of people are walking in the street to Stop and Shop or the laundromat. Kids will be waiting for buses in the street. School Buses will have to navigate single lane roads and around mountainous snow heaps. It will not be pleasant. The city should hang it's head in shame. But I will bet you a nickle that there will be back slapping, thank yous and congratulations handed out like candy at tonight's City Council Meeting. The Sun Chronicles articles about this matter were beyond silly. If the community criticizes the lack of performance on the part of city workers the Mayor gets pretty heated. Perhaps he should listen to the people of Attleboro and not his henchmen.
Muriel Reilly February 12, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Thank you SD :) I am rather embarrassed by the comments by fellow Attleboroans. How happy these people must be in daily life! Sad.
Theresa Richard February 12, 2013 at 07:32 PM
2 hour delay to school Wednesday per the school website
k February 12, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I agree it is hard to keep the kids home a few days. But the ones complaing are the same ones that would be the 1st to sue the city when little Bobby falls in teh road and breaks a leg. We are talking about tonage of snow that needs to be moved and hauled away it takes time.
Kate February 12, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Well done, SD.
Jerry Chase February 12, 2013 at 08:34 PM
The current administration WILL win in the one department they really care about: getting re-elected. Everything is secondary to that, in THEIR 'value systems'.
lucy tucker February 12, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I was just wondering, why is it that the people of Alltleboro do not shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes??? In R.I. you are fined by the day..If everyone banned together and got of their lazy behinds then the sidewalks would be cleared for these kids...I don't know i am so fed up...no school no school and now a 2hr delay on Wed...oh yeah alot will get done in those 2hrs that didn't get done in 4 days...WHAT????
Reason February 12, 2013 at 09:51 PM
The ordinance requiring removal of snow was removed in 1999 (11-10). For better or worse ordinance 11-12 banning swimming in the nude in public is still on the books. http://www.cityofattleboro.us/pdf/obook.pdf
Jerry Chase February 13, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I am not in the habit of taking credit for something political; but the City's computer person did agree that since the City Charter was available on its website, then the Book of Revised Ordinances should be, too. Frankly, I was surprised that it wasn't "yanked", given the attitude(s) and practice(s) of a few local elected political leaders, who, in the past, routinely flouted or ignored City ordinances and/or state law which applied to local governing. "We can't have the masses knowing the Rules now, can we?" It doesn't seem to matter because there is no legal authority with sufficient interest and jurisdiction to enforce certain laws. Thus, if some laws are ignored, it promotes contempt of the law as a whole and encourages anarchy. I say that if some laws for the City are violated, and they have been, then we are not a municipality governed by law. Thus we have tyranny. Wasn't that the lesson of Watergate?

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