Snow the cause of some Hampshire County school cancellations

Hampshire County

A fresh coating of snow fell on parts of western Massachusetts Tuesday. School was canceled for students in the Hampshire Regional School District.

“There’s 6 inches of snow up-country,” said Bill Rogers of Leeds.

The district’s high school is located in Westhampton where people said roads were okay.

“They were just a little slippery if you hit the brakes too quickly, but they were in very good shape,” said Stephen Holt, who lives in Westhampton. 

But the higher you drive up into the hilltowns the worse roads conditions get. That’s why Superintendent Aaron Osborne said the district had to cancel school. In a statement sent to 22News, Osborne said in part,

“The most important responsibility of Hampshire Regional Schools is the safety of the students placed in our trust. In those regards, we received clear reports from highway departments in our member towns at higher elevations that they were receiving heavy snow this morning.” 

People told 22News they agree with the district’s decision to cancel school. 

“We are a five town district,” said Holt. “And Chesterfield, Goshen is like a different world. They usually end up being the schools that have to cancel. You wouldn’t want those kids to miss school and the other three towns come to school.”

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