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It's Official - Regional Schools to Open on Monday

School Superintendent Dr. Michael Harvey announced on Sunday evening that schools would definitely open as usual on Monday.

Streets, bus stops and the school grounds have all been plowed after the weekend blizzard and Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District schools will open on Monday, according to School Superintendent Dr. Michael Harvey.

Hamilton-Wenham Patch reported earlier on Sunday that the plowing and snow removal was on track for schools to open.

But at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, Harvey said in a Connect-CTY e-mail and phone message that schools would definitely be open on Monday.

The school district’s bus contractor, Salter Bus Company, said it does not “anticipate any major difficulty in completing their bus runs in the morning,” he said.

The Department of Public Works from both Hamilton and Wenham “have concluded their major snow removal operations,” Harvey said. That includes side streets and bus stops, plus the parking lots and sidewalks at the schools.

Harvey also reminded parents and students that while streets and sidewalks have been cleared, “large snow banks at intersections may cause reduced visibility for both drivers and pedestrians” and drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians.

The predicted warm temperatures this week should help reduce the snowbank size, Harvey said.

“Many thanks to our maintenance staff and the DPWs for their incredible efforts to get us ready for tomorrow,” Harvey said in the message.

Pingree School in Hamilton will be closed on Monday, according to a list of school cancellations on WHDH-TV's website.

This story was updated at 6:45 a.m. on Monday to indicate that Pingree School is closed on Monday.

ER February 11, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Goodness it's New England. I'm almost 100% sure that everyone involved in these decisions is doing everything in their power to keep everyone safe. It's not like this hasn't happened to us before...
HW citizen February 11, 2013 at 02:34 AM
As I was driving home about 30 minutes ago, I passed my children's bus stop. It was completely covered in snow from the road to the end of the sidewalk. I don't really understand how the children are supposed to take the bus unless they are standing on the road. In my opinion, the town should have waited another day to get everything cleared and to ensure maximum safety for the students.
Amy Weagle Dubois February 11, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Interesting that they say sidewalks and bus stops are "cleared". Union Street is still not plowed. I am not walking down to the bus stop and stand in the street with a kindergartner and 2 babies. I had a hard enough time seeing around snow banks myself this morning.
Raven T. February 11, 2013 at 05:08 AM
i just took a walk around in my neighborhood and there is still lots of sidewalks that aren't cleared, and even my children's bus stop is blocked by a 5 ft snowbank. Now someone please tell me how it's a rational decision to schedule school for monday.
GDTRFB February 11, 2013 at 05:09 AM
I agree with you....but on the other hand I would say it isn't fair for the kids. They are the only school on the whole north shore that has to go to school tomorrow. Why shouldn't they get an extra day like everyone else who gets to go sledding tomorrow?

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