Hampden County

Agawam Public Schools make last-minute decision to close schools

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - Agawam Public Schools made a last-minute decision to change from a delay to a cancellation. Superintendent Steve Lemanski told 22News that the reason for the quick shift to the cancellation was to prioritize the safety of the staff and students.

Initially, the forecast was projected to be warmer Wednesday morning so that would start to melt the snow and ice, making it less intense.

But Lemanski said staff members who showed up early to school were met with sheer ice in the parking lot and local side roads were also covered in ice. So the cancellation was put in place to reduce the risk of injury.

But some long-time residents of the Pioneer Valley say schools are too lenient. "I've never seen it like this. They close down places for a lot of different reasons," William Fabrocini said. "But they do it... they do it much more than they ever did before."

The school district has no set criteria for delays and cancellations, as the travel conditions vary greatly from storm to storm. 

Some storms pack more of an icy punch than others and the timing can make or break the commute.

At least the students got to enjoy one more snow day.


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