Heavy snow prompts schools to shut their doors early

Hampshire County
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Dozens of schools made the decision to dismiss their students early from school on Tuesday. The reason: heavy snow started falling by early afternoon.

It all comes down to the safety; this most recent winter storm has made roads very dangerous in spots.

Easthampton public schools made the call to dismiss students early Tuesday morning.

High school students were out by 11 a.m., middle schoolers by 11:30 a.m. and elementary school students were out by noon.

Easthampton superintendent Allison LeClair told 22News that she had been tracking the weather forecast for the last several days and an early dismissal was the right decision to make sure students and staff got home safely.

“I always think it’s a good idea for kids safety,” Easthampton resident Joellene Girard told 22News. “If they feel it’s necessary, I think the schools know what they’re doing. They are the ones that make those decisions. If it were my kid that was in school right now, I’d want her home early.”

Many other towns across the state made the decision to dismiss students early. 

We’ve had more than 150 closures and early releases reported, but not many schools closing outright on Tuesday, because of the storm’s timing.

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