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Was Holding School Today the Right Choice for Lexington?

When the announcement was made that the Lexington Public Schools would be in session today, Feb. 11, some parents seemed pleased. But with sidewalks and parking lots still snow-covered, the morning commute was difficult for some.

The recent blizzard blanketed Lexington under almost two feet of snow, but the roads around town are clear and school officials decided to hold school today, Feb. 11.

That today, because many sidewalks and parking lots are still snowy.

Meanwhile, plowing operations are expected to continue for the next few days to widen roadways and re-open sidewalk around town. As the latest and last mass communication from the town reports: “Sidewalks are being plowed, but due to the amount of snow it will take several days for all sidewalks to be passable.”

With that in mind, in an automated call last night, LPS officials encouraged parents and guardians of LPS students to consider driving their children to school today. Here’s the text of the message, which Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash shared with Patch:

Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to let you know that all schools will be open on Monday, February 11. DPW has assured me that all streets and school parking lots will have been plowed. Since it will take a few days to clear all town sidewalks, please consider driving your child(ren) to school(s). Principals will allow extra time in the morning for students to arrive.
Dr. Ash

Lexington parents took to social media and local listservs last night and today to express opinions about school being held and about the conditions around the schools today.

On holding school, the commentary was mostly positive. Regarding the latter topic, folks didn't knock the decision to hold school, but they did say the streets and sidewalks around some of the schools would have made walking unsafe.

So what do you think? Did LPS officials make the right call not cancelling school Monday? Does the encouragement to drive kids to school impact your opinion? Share your thoughts/opinions in the comments section below. 

Jean Piaget February 13, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Great call - plenty of learning going on in each of the schools. Well done!

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