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Snow Removal 'On Schedule' to Open Schools on Monday

Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District schools are likely to open on Monday, but a final decision has yet to be made.

Snow removal at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District schools is on track to have all five schools open on Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Michael Harvey.

"We are on schedule with our cleaning activities to be open tomorrow," Harvey told Hamilton-Wenham Patch at about 1 p.m. on Sunday. Later, Harvey added that he is waiting to make a final decision until he hears from the Hamilton Department of Public Works and Wenham Highway Department about the progress of snow removal on side streets and around bus stops.

Some North Shore schools have announced they will be closed on Monday, including public schools in Peabody, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott. But none of the school districts immediately bordering the two towns, including Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich, Manchester-Essex or Masconomet had cancelled school on Monday, as of 3:30 p.m. Pingree School in Hamilton also planned to be open on Monday, as of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Essex Agricultural High School in Danvers is canceled on Monday.

Safety seeking parent February 11, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Town officials really making an inexcusable error here. My family and I are praying that no innocent child suffers a gruesome injury as a result of this mishap. All the new drivers out on the snow-covered roads, an accident is inevitable.
Michelle Bailey February 11, 2013 at 01:35 AM
BTW...Pleasant and Cherry street sidewalks are not cleared either.
Julia February 11, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Have the roofs been cleared? If not there will be some heavy snow on there from the rain we are getting tomorrow. The rain will also make the roads slippery.
Concerned parent February 11, 2013 at 01:39 AM
It is just a concern in general for the transportation to school, sidewalks being passable or not. It is true some sidewalks are not passable, and I am not fully comfortable driving to school in these conditions. In some areas near chebacco road, there is still snow and ice on the road, which makes it a dangerous route driving. It is imperative for the school officials to consider all areas of Hamilton, not just the main roads, where still snowy areas exist.
Karen February 11, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Don't attack peoples common sense when you practically live on the school property. I am sure that people can drive their kids if they had to or arrange safe transportation for them.. Unfortunately all that extra traffic with buses on the road is a danger considering the piles of snow at the corners reducing visibility.
Chase Schaub February 11, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Its actually about safety. I don't want an elementary school kid who's parents are working early to have to walk down the already narrow streets. An extra day of summer is not worth jeopardizing a student.
Tracy February 11, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Dr. Harvey consulted with the appropriate authorities, who have more information available to them than people looking out their windows. Either you need to trust the experts or keep your child home and stay home from work. (I don't see many working parents opposing this decision.) To the very first poster who said there were "5-8 feet of snow": My friend, YOU need to be in math class tomorrow!
Mary Joens February 11, 2013 at 01:56 AM
the 5-8 feet of snow comment was in reference to the piles plowed up onto sidewalks and street corners - many of which actually are 5-8 feet tall.
Kerri Schaub February 11, 2013 at 01:57 AM
The safety of ALL children will always be my main concern.
Cw February 11, 2013 at 02:02 AM
I don't think masconomet is closed tomorrow.
Chase Schaub February 11, 2013 at 02:11 AM
While I can look out my window and see a bus stop with (yes 5-8 feet of snow) that the plows pushed on the sidewalks is NOT clear. Obviously there is some misinformation out there. Look at the sidewalks, there is certainly 5-8 feet of snow that has been pushed up. The first comment stated, "5-8 feet snow that's plowed up on the sidewalks." Not much math there.
Jesus McChristian February 11, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Where is my comment? I pray that Satan did not wish it away
Another concerned Parent February 11, 2013 at 03:04 AM
My street's sidewalk and a lot of other sidewalks are not cleared. A foot of snow and kids are going to have to walk on very busy streets. Really safe.
Another concerned Parent February 11, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Im sorry but you are just so wrong.
Colin Cavanaugh February 11, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Well said Trevor
hwrhs_student February 11, 2013 at 03:16 AM
can changes be made to the final decision? i think the safety is a bit iffy for the kids+their bus stops and especially the choice kids who have to travel from different towns (which could have different weather conditions than hamilton-wenham) and on the train that might not be running...
Concerned Parent February 11, 2013 at 03:21 AM
The students need to all go on strike. This is an unforgettable mistake, by the Hamilton-Wenham superintendent.
Jesus McChristian February 11, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Looks like the Patch is under te control of the dark lord Satan. I will be creating a new news channel known as the Jesus Our Savior's Guidance of the Good Book Alert System. Please subscribe
Jesus McChristian February 11, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I can't believe we allow teachers to spread the satanic lessons of democracy and geography. My prayers are with the children.
Concerned Person February 11, 2013 at 04:20 AM
This is crazy, why would Dr Harvey make a huge mistake like this. Peoples lives are in danger. I feel that this desicion should be over- turned. A bus stop outside my house is not clear and a child could be hit in the street. Dr, please change your desicion, there are still blocked stops and sidewalks. THIS IS DANGEROUS!!
Sarah Lauranzano February 11, 2013 at 04:26 AM
All of these comments are great food for thought. As far as common sense is concerned, some people do not have the options that have been previously posted. And one more day of summer for the kids? At what cost? When it comes down to it, we are the parents and we get the final decision on wether or not our children go off to school tomorrow, not the school district. I hope parents make the best choice for what they feel is best for thier kids. Not what the town feels is best for our children. If you don't feel safe sending your children off to school tomorrow then don't. BTW if you want see for your self how bad the roads are take a drive down railroad ave, union, willow st area
Raven T. February 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
i think that school should be cancelld be cause its a danger isshu for my children and the communities children to be walkin to the bus stops when theres still 2 feet of snow in my street and in my neigbors drive way. im gonna be dissaopointed with the town's decision if school isn't cancelle tomorrow febuary 11th, 2013.
Raven T. February 11, 2013 at 05:00 AM
well petrol is expensive, and some of us can't afford to drive our kids everyday.
Raven T. February 11, 2013 at 05:04 AM
I still am flabbergasted that the town expects us parents to just let our children go out into the streets during rush hour.... like really?
M. M. February 11, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Tritown school district is open.
Tyson Goodridge February 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Yep- I can see school from my house- and my kids walk 100 yards to school- I'm definitely in the minority here, but I still think I speak for parents who live near a snowy bus stop that's got drifts 8 feet high that still need to go to work today. The HWRSD was put in a tough position. As far as I see it- you have two options. 1. Your child's safety is your #1 concern. You get them safely to school some how, some way. You are late to work, you spend extra money on gas, and you are totally inconvenienced. You're angry and upset, but you get your kids to school safely. As a parent, you've done your job. You're still fuming at HW school district. You form a committee so this won't happen again 2. You make a statement and keep your kids at home. Student strike. You try to work from home. You call babysitter. Kids go sledding, have fun. Now put the other shoe on for a moment, and let's stay HWRDS DID cancel school. You'd be hustling to find a babysitter or some sort of coverage for your kids, right? You'd have an even angrier groiup of parents who need to take a day off from work, or spend $$$ on alternative day care... I think the HW School District made a tough decision, but probably the lesser of two evils...
Lori February 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I agree with Mr. Goodridge, children need to be in school more not less! I planned a bit ahead, left a minute or two earlier and dropped my son at school on the way. The sidewalks were clear from our home to the school.
Daquan Delajandro February 11, 2013 at 08:13 PM
guys stop being complete retards...we have school simply because Hamilton-Wenham did a better job at plowing. so stop your whining
A Stinson February 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Exactly. We should be commending the town officials for getting the job done instead of criticizing them! I can only imagine the complaints if school actually was closed.
M. M. February 12, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Actually we have a car-pool, some folks only drive once a week (or less). We got it together with the neighbors and family.

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