Schools Quickly Using Up Snow Days, And Winter Has Not Yet Begun
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been three straight days without school for the Nashoba Regional school district that comprises the towns of Bolton, Stow and Lancaster. The district has used up three of its five snow days as it struggles with continuing power outages, and the winter season has not yet begun.
“I’m worried about continuity for the students,” said Superintendent Michael Wood, who says they’ll have to go late into June if necessary, but it’s too soon to know how the winter will affect the snow days.
High school junior Cara McCormack says she’s now starting to worry about missing school work. “You’d think it’s not stressful having almost a week off but now I’d rather be in school,” she said. “I’m worried about having to make it up.”
WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports
Her family has been unable to stay in their Bolton home without heat and is shuttling back and forth to her grandmother’s house.
Christina Hager reports on power outages
“I think everyone is a little cranky,” says her mother, Lisa, who believes three days is a lot of missed time in school. Monica King has four children in the school district, now playing mostly board games and able to stay in the home thanks to a wood stove. “It was the weekend when the power went out, Nobody brought home homework. There’s not much you can do,” she said.
Blocked roads, damaged lines are all contributing the problem. A sign on the door at Nashoba Regional high school says, “No entry per order of the fire department”.
More than three thousand students have been affected by the closings. It was a similar story last year when winter storms forced the schools to stay in session an extra week in June.
All Nashoba schools will be open Thursday.