By: Carlin Barton
On April 2nd, students of Brien McMahon High School, and other Norwalk Public Schools became frustrated with the Norwalk Public School’s Board of Education for their decision not to delay or close the school, despite the dangerous weather conditions.
On the morning of April 2nd, Norwalk Public Schools students woke up to about half a foot of snow, which was still heavily coming down by the time students of Norwalk and Brien McMahon high schools ventured out to school.
The snow, which had not been predicted by most weather reports prior to April 2nd, came as a surprise to many students. What was more surprising, however, was the Norwalk Board of Education’s decision not to delay or close school for the day.
After no cancellations had been made by six a.m., students took to Twitter to voice their frustration, tagging Norwalk Public School’s Twitter account, @NorwalkPS. Students tweeted with claims of unplowed roads and dangerous driving conditions, urging Norwalk Public Schools to change their decision.
Norwalk Public School students also seemed to be upset by the fact that during the 2018 school year, the Board of Education had previously canceled school when the weather conditions hadn’t warranted that decision.
Miles Chesler, a senior at Brien McMahon High School, explains his frustration, “I think we should have had at least a delay today [April 2nd], the roads were in very bad condition and our [Brien McMahon] parking lot had not even been plowed. I don’t think it is fair to students or faculty for NPS to be so inconsistent, we’ve had snow days when there wasn’t even any snow.”
Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education has since admitted their mistake. On April 2nd, Dr. Costanzo, the Chief of School Operations for Norwalk Public Schools made the statement: “I would like to apologize for the challenging travel conditions this morning. At the end of the day, this decision is mine to make and today I got it wrong.”