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Naugatuck Schools Close for the Day

Naugatuck schools make the call late.

The Naugatuck Public School system is closed for the day on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

The school system has decided to close, like many of the others in the state, after weather forecasters predicted snow during the day.

Waterbury schools have also closed. 
Fr December 10, 2013 at 06:55 AM
What a shocker! 2" of snow....not even on the ground, just predicted...and the schools get closed. Has anyone ever done a study of the number of weather-related, school closings, delays, and early closings, say, between 50 years ago and today? Chalk one up for short-sighted school administrators who are also petrified of ambulance-chasing lawyers looking to sue everyone for the tiniest weather-related accident. All the while, school testing scores slip further and further into abject embarrassment and failure. Smart move supposedly intelligent adults are teaching our children: spend LESS time in the classroom.
T. Smith December 10, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Excellent comment, Fr, but remember....."snow days" get tacked on to the end of the school calendar...so no less time is spent in the classroom due to a snow day. You DO have a point in that a 2-hour shortened day due to weather DOES result in less time in the classroom.
HJR December 10, 2013 at 09:23 AM
To Fr: 50 years ago there were only neighborhood schools where everyone was able to walk to. Times have changed, stop living in the past. Have you ever tried to drive up or down Candee Rd in the rain let alone snow and ice. Very treacherous. Try that with a bus full of students. Naugatuck has a lot of steep hills. Delays and cancelations are for everyones's safety, especially the students. Would you want to be responsible for a bus crash where there were major injuries. I would assume not.
T. Smith December 10, 2013 at 09:36 AM
To HJR I say: baloney. 50 years ago Naugatuck High School was what we now call Hillside School. You're telling me everyone walked to Hillside? Not likely. The point Fr was making was the number of snow days as opposed to the past. ...NOT the consequences of a valid snow day. Sure we have difficult streets to navigate, true enough. But Naugatuck is one of the FIRST school systems to call off school. Is this necessary?
blah blah blah December 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Actually, Naugatuck was one of the LAST schools to close today.
Fr December 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Fr December 10, 2013 at 10:47 am Good discussion here. Another point I wanted to get across: the amazing ease in which school is closed or delayed. One, two or just three inches of PREDICTED snow is all it takes to shut everything down. Also...re hills, etc., consider this: cars and school buses are a 100 times safer and more able to get around in snow than they were 25-50 years ago. You can't deny that society has gotten very soft (why is that?)...and no, I'm not some 80 year person who "walked to school in 40 inches of snow"...I was in school in the 60's and 70's and believe me, it took a LOT more to have schools closed down back then. As for tacking days onto to the end of the school year, any teacher or student will tell you that as the school year heads into the last couple weeks, everyone's minds are on getting out for the summer as fast and as easily as possible. So, those "added days of education" are a joke when it comes to actual learning being accomplished.
Rocky Vitale December 10, 2013 at 02:28 PM
The decision is made with phone calls usually starting at 4 am between the Superintendent, the business manager, the police department, a meteorologist and Public Works. There is nothing short sighted about all of the services working together to make decision what would be safe for the students. They will always err on the side of caution.
Fr December 10, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Agreed Rocky...but my comment was more of a "how did we ever survive winter before there were so many closings and delays?" in, say, the last 20 years. And I was serious about asking if anyone had ever done a study to see how many closings and delays there were each year for the past 25-50 years....that info should be readily available...as I would think you'd have to had reported these stats to the State Dept of Education, right? Maybe I'm wrong and there were MORE closings per year way back then. If you could do this and publish it I think it would be useful to everyone else who's ever wondered about this. Thanks.
Daniel Zandvliet December 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Maybe snows days would be a great way to try a Virtual classroom for the day, that way there is no need to make up the day and or risk the safety of our students .
Fr December 10, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Could be a good idea Dan.
KEJ December 11, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Honestly I rather enjoyed my day off!!😊✨

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