Snow interrupts school for third day in Worcester

WORCESTER, Mass — It is the school week that can’t get any traction. Monday, schools closed in Worcester because of snow.

“Tuesday, they started school late,” said Sharice Springfield, parent of two boys. “Because Worcester didn’t clean the roads that night.”

Wednesday, the city sent students home a few hours early.

“You have to rearrange everything to figure out when they’re getting out of school or when they’re starting school,” Springfield said. “I do things that I need to do and it’s got me a little crazy.”

Things have been a little crazy this week for Victoria Oliveira-Marconi, mother of a kindergartner at Lake View Elementary School and one-year-old Jonathan.

“It seems to mess up our whole routine, honestly,” she said. “Usually, we have our normal routine where we drop her at school, come home and he’ll take his nap, play for a while before we have to get her. But now, with the two-hour delay yesterday -- no nap time. Today, barely any nap time. It makes for grumpy kids.”

Well, some grumpy kids.

Peter, a 5th Grader at Lake View Elementary, called the early dismissal ‘amazing.’ His classmate, Jack, was looking forward to relaxing and playing video games.

Not to be left out of the party, Lake View Assistant Principal Angie Larose said she, too, was looking forward to cutting out early.

“I’m hoping to do a little snowboarding this afternoon,” she said.

As students poured out of Lake View Elementary, Crossing Guard Melissa Chandley was there to meet them.

“It’s pretty hectic when it’s snowing,” she said. “It can be dangerous.” So she thought it was a wise decision to close schools early.

Of course, the city was hedging its bets with early dismissal -- on safety. But by the time regular dismissal time came around Wednesday -- the students, long gone -- it wasn’t even snowing in Worcester.

Brianna Watson, who came to pick up her daughter at Lake View while on her lunch hour, has a wary eye on the weather next month.

“February’s gonna come and we’re gonna get bombed,” she predicted.

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