New Canaan Public Schools to open on Thursday under 90-minute delay
Published 1:04 am, Thursday, March 18, 2010
New Canaan Public Schools will open for the first time in three days tomorrow under a 90-minute delay. Superintendent David Abbey announced his decision at about 7:30 p.m. after officials from the town Department of Public Works and Connecticut Light and Power reported that all schools have power and most roads in New Canaan will be passable by morning.
"My concern has been, would the kids be safer in school or outside of school for five or six hours all over the place and, I would imagine, unsupervised," Abbey said.
He added, "If parents have concerns, I encourage them to accompany their children to the bus stop."
In necessary, workers from the DPW and CL&P will be stationed at hazardous spots along to the bus routes to ensure that no students are harmed by felled trees or wires.
"I'm 100 percent comfortable," said First Selectman Jeb Walker about Abbey's decision to open schools. "A 90 minute delay is the right answer."
As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at least a portion of the following roads in New Canaan are hazardous due to leaning poles, low wires, grounded wires, grounded transformer, excess brush or felled trees:
Talmadge Hill Road
Lost District Road
Apple Tree Lane
Turtle Back Road
Ash Tree Lane
East Cross Road
West Cross Road
Brushy Ridge Road at Route 123
Father Peters Road
Parade Hill Road
Old Stamford Road at Route 106