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Needham, Mass. Chooses Not to Dismiss School



    Needham, Mass. chooses not to dismiss school

    Needham one of several school districts in Boston area that chose not to dismiss class Tuesday because of snow (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Needham, MA) - With "plowable" snow predicted to fall in New England Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, several schools made the decision Tuesday morning to release students early to try to avoid buses being stuck out on slippery streets as the storm ramps up.

    But there were also several districts, like Needham, Mass., that decided to keep kids in school all day.

    “I don’t think it’s bad enough yet to get out of school early,” said parent, Wendy McGrath.

    “This is New England so get used to it," added parent, Joe Yerardi. "If you don’t like it go back to where you came from basically.”

    It wasn't the parents objecting with the decision to keep classes in session, it was the kids who were disappointed.

    “I don’t want to be in class, I want to be outside in the snow,” said Seventh grader Gabriella Chansky.

    But some parents said they did understand why some schools chose to dismiss early, given the forecast.

    “It’s hard to predict exactly what the streets will be like and I think safety is important, if people making those decisions thought that was the right thing to do I can’t really fault them," said parent, Randi Kirstein."