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Irene Forces Several Towns To Postpone First Day Of Classes

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Raymond C Richer school is among those closed because of power outages caused by Irene.

Raymond C Richer school is among those closed because of power outages caused by Irene.

MARLBOROUGH (CBS) – Widespread power outages are forcing several school districts to postpone the first day of classes.

Marlborough is among the towns that have decided to push the start of school to next week. Residents have been using one of the town’s schools as a shelter, while power was only recently restored to another school.

Related: 250K without power in Mass.

Parents there who talked to WBZ-TV say they’re fine with the decision to delay classes.

“It doesn’t bother me at all. If people are without power they’re without power,” said Noreen Bucchino. “What can you do?”

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

Many parents like Fred Higgins are only now tackling the mess Irene left behind, something they couldn’t do sooner because they didn’t have power.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Lana Jones reports

“It’s good for families like me who have to clean up. On the other hand I want my children to meet their teachers, get a feel for what the year brings for them,” Higgins said.

The Department of Education was not able to provide an exact count on the number of schools that are postponing classes due to Irene but was able to confirm at least a half-dozen communities are pushing back their start dates.

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