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Message for Concerned Parents Re Friday's School Reopening

Public schools will operate on a regular schedule tomorrow as students return to school.

Updated Thursday 5 p.m.

Stratford Board of Education Chairman Gavin Forrester said in an email to Stratford Patch that the board is getting phone calls from parents concerned about tomorrow's reopening of school.

Forrester advised, "As always parents should make their own decisions regarding school attendance, especially if they have safety concerns that have not yet been addressed by public works and/or the highway department. The district would be completely understanding."

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Our original report follows.

Before Stratford students begin February vacation next week, they'll have to report to school one more time on Friday, Feb. 15.

The Stratford Board of Education just announced on its website that Stratford public schools will operate on a regular schedule tomorrow, for the first time since Thursday last week.

In an email to Stratford Patch Thursday, Board of Education Chairman Gavin Forrester said the district's bus company, Durham School Bus, has compiled "a list of problem areas" that has been forwarded to public works.

"We have been assured that they will all be addressed throughout the evening and into the early morning hours," Forrester told Patch. "As such we are reopening schools tomorrow in an effort to try and not further use inclement weather days which have been depleted by both Hurricane Sandy and Blizzard Nemo."

Forrester continued, "While I can understand that there will be some anxiousness by our decision I assure you that the Board [of Education] feels that it is important for our students to at least get in tomorrow so that they can catch up and be given assignments as needed which can be issued and completed over the coming break next week."

"We continue to review other options to further insured that our district meets the 180 school day requirement as established by state statute. On behalf of the board I wish to personally thank the mayor and his staff for so quickly allocating the resources needed to make this opening happen and for working so closely with our superintendent to make this a reality," Forrester said.

"It has been a long a difficult few days for everyone concerned and I hope that we can soon return to a more normal way of life and continue the education of our children."

Meghan February 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM
PMK I am not looking forward to Chapel drop off and pick up today lol that flood loop is going to be wild.. I might dismiss them early.
Kerry Newcomb February 15, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Ha ha, SR!
Mike February 15, 2013 at 03:28 PM
You want to know how I found out there is school on Friday? I saw school busses Friday morning. I remember seeing in the paper that Stratford schools were to be closed on friday. It would have been nice if the Stratford Board of Ed could find a way to tell us when schools are open, and when they are not. Better yet, tell us, and then don't do something different.
Mike Reynolds February 15, 2013 at 04:09 PM
You obviously are not signed up to the BOE's notification system. I get an email, text, and phone call everytime school is closed or in this case that school would be open on Friday. Don't blame anyone but yourself for not being informed.
Meghan February 15, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Honestly BOE calls every phone and emails my husband and I at both of our emails. Why were you never signed up Mike? That is odd.

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