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School Resumes Thursday for WHS, Edison and Roosevelt Students

Last Updated 7 P.M. Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Westfield Public Schools will operate on the following schedule on Thursday, November 8, 2012:

Westfield High School – OPEN – 9:30 AM – 2:45 PM

Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School - OPEN – 9:45 AM – 2:47 PM

ALL Elementary schools and Lincoln School – CLOSED.

WHS, EIS and RIS students should bring their lunch to school.

Buses will be running, but expect slower than usual service.

Please read the above carefully, as only the High School and two intermediate schools are open on Thursday. It’s a start.

We know that it is snowing and that the conditions Thursday morning will not be ideal for travelling to school, but based on current projections, and assuming we all take our time and be courteous to other drivers and those walking to and from school, we will all be fine. 

This decision was made based upon safety evaluations of the Westfield Chief of Police and detailed discussions with the Chief, the Mayor and the Town Administrator. While the goal is to get all schools open, the requirement is to do so safely. The opening of the High School and Intermediate Schools is based upon the progress made on certain primary roads in Town. We are hopeful that similar progress can be made on more of the side roads leading to the elementary schools in the short term. We know it is not the ideal solution. 

A decision will be made regarding Friday, November 9, 2012 sessions no later than 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

Elm Street Administrative offices remain without power.  Jefferson Elementary (600 Boulevard) remains open as a warming center for those without heat. 

Board of Education fields at the High School, Edison and Roosevelt are now open.  All other school fields remain closed. 

Rich Mattessich, President, Westfield Board of Education


Robin Ince November 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It certainly has been a trying time for the majority of residents, emergency, utility & postal workers, fuel suppliers & everyone in our State. It is heartwarming to see how people are pulling together to help each other. I am writing at the request of my friend, Sally, who wanted to put out a big THANK YOU to Alan of Rich Tree Service. On the day after the storm, Sally, who has a lifelong handicap & lives in town, had a very LARGE tree come down on the front steps and porch of her home. Sally saw Alan, who was finishing work at her neighbor's home & asked if there was any possibility that he could remove the tree for her. There was a discussion about whose responsibility it was, & Alan, sensing Sally's increasing anxiety about the safety of said tree & not knowing how he would be compensated, simply directed his crew to remove the tree. Sally was & is extremely grateful for Alan's kindness, sensitivity & willingness to step in & help. Sally wanted to be sure to let EVERYONE know that if they need tree service work, Alan at Rich Tree Service is outstanding. He can be reached at Alan@richtreeservice.com. (Please be aware that this is NOT solicited advertising, but rather a heartfelt thank you & gratitude note).
1momaok November 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Storms bring out the best and worst in people and we all can gives examples of that this past week. I think it's important to realize that though we see people working hard and long hours (I saw them too), it doesn't mean that the work is being done in the right way...this is where we have to hold the utility and gov't officials accountable.


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