After-school activities cancelled, no early dismissal for local schools

After-school activities cancelled, no early dismissal for local schools

Record-Journal staff

After-school activities have been cancelled locally while students will be dismissed at the normal time this afternoon.

School officials in Wallingford and Southington said around mid-day that a normal dismissal time would allow time for roads to be cleared and treated before snow picks up again in the late afternoon.

Wallingford Public Schools delayed opening by two hours Monday. Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said around 11:45 a.m. that school would remain in session until the end of the day. After-school and evening activities have been cancelled.

Southington schools also started after a two-hour delay on Monday. School officials canceled after-school and evening activities but shortly before noon decided to finish out the day rather than have an early dismissal.

Schools in Meriden will be closed to all activities after 5 p.m., according to a notice on the Board of Education website. 

Steven Mandancy, assistant superintendent in Southington, said the storm was going to break up for the afternoon and start again in the early evening. That left enough time for kids to get home while roads were safest rather than dismiss early while snow was still falling.

“It’s actually safer to for the kids to be in the schools while they’re treating the roads and clearing them,” Madancy said.

Menzo said that he and Public Works Director Rob Baltramaitis felt it was best to keep students in school through the end of the day so the roads could be treated.

On Monday, Madancy said parent-teacher conferences and teacher training had been planned for Tuesday. In the event of a cancelation, those would be moved to next week.

The decision to delay or cancel depends on when snow falls and when contractors can clear school lots and sidewalks, Madancy said.