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Impending Storm Closes Local Schools Friday

Significant snowfall expected over 24-hour period.

A storm expected to drop up to 16 inches of snow on the area Friday into Saturday has forced all schools in Washington Townshp to close Feb. 8.

The announcement was made that both the West Morris Regional High School District and Washington Township Schools District would shut just after 4 a.m.

Both districts announced an early dismissal would be scheduled ahead of the storm's arrival Thursday night.

Morris County officials say the storm will be "intense" with winds gusting above 40 miles per hour at times.

Rex February 08, 2013 at 12:45 PM
So, curious to hear people's thoughts. This storm won't really hit till late afternoon/early evening with real snow accumulations not beginning until this evening. Why is school closed? WMC High School early dismissal would have been around 11:30 so absolutely no reason to cancel today. Not sure what time Middle and Elementary schools get out but I am sure it would have been well before having to deal with any road issues.
Linda February 08, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I agree, Rex, and I have kids in the school system. They called for an early dismissal last night - plenty of time for everyone to be prepared. Not sure, but I suppose I appreciate that they err on the side of caution for the safety of our children and the staff. I wouldn't want to be a bus driver responsible for all those kids' safety!
Thomas Lotito February 08, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Get gas for your generators, high winds could knock out power.
Genevieve Burberry February 08, 2013 at 02:40 PM
However, the students do need a day off to catch up on school work!
Maria February 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I wouldn't want to be a bus driver in this town on a day like today...
Kathy February 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Whether to cancel school or not is a difficult decision made by the schools in conjunction with the local Police Department. You are right, the high school would have been out before noon, however Old Farmers and the middle school not until close to 2:00. By that time, there's no telling what the roads would be like.
Sue Underwood February 08, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Come on people! The fact is the storm is not going to be dangerous until after the students and staff would have been home from an early dismissal. Vehicles today and roads are better able to handle basic snow conditions such as will be here by that period. What do you think residents did 40 yrs ago? The hills aren't new to residents - they've been traveled over during all sorts of weather for a few centuries in less safe vehicles than we put our trust in today. I doubt they'd have closed this morning! People have become such wimps! I doubt if having a half day will make a difference in the amount of homework they complete especially with a weekend following today. I am always amazed to see how many people are able to travel the roads to go shopping on days when schools have been closed due to the weather - rather hypocritical I'd say!
DXJ February 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Maybe someone has a bur under their saddle because the day care - er school - has closed early. We heard a lot of that during Sandy too.
Hookerman February 08, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Oh please!!! During Sandy, the schools were without power... they had no choice but to close. Today, there was nothing more than a threat of snow, and not much more than a small accumulation at the time that the kids would have been dismissed early. This has nothing to do with a wanting a day care, it has to do with making up the required 180 days when the students have already lost two weeks. Sue is correct; we've gotten so used to wimpy winters, that we can't handle a real one where we actually get a fair number of snow storms. We also have more than a month of winter left. We simply CANNOT close the schools every time there's a threat of snow!
Linda February 08, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Well said, Hookerman!
LVMom February 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Can we wait till it snows to close the schools? Really, these poor kids will be in school till August at this rate.

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