Why Did Tewksbury Opt To Cancel School Tuesday?

A reader wanted to know why Tewksbury went cancelling school for the second day in a row rather than delaying the start of the day.

Question: A Tewksbury parent, who asked that her name not be used, wanted to know why Tewksbury Superintendent Dr. John O'Connor opted to cancel classes for the second day in a row, due to Hurricane Sandy, as opposed to going with a delayed opening as some communities did. Of particular concern to the parent was the fact that Tewksbury has now used two of its scheduled five "snow days" due to the hurricane.

Answer: Despite sunny skies throughout much of Tuesday, Dr. O'Connor was very comfortable with his decision last night to cancel classes.

"This shows that there is no science to making decisions about school cancellations," he said.

O'Connor said there were several factors that played into his decision. One was the fact that at 10 p.m. Monday night, the Dewing School was without power. He said the power was restored around mid-morning Tuesday but then went out again shortly after.

O'Connor said he also spoke with Police Chief Timothy Sheehan and was informed that road conditions in some areas of town were "perilous" because of downed trees and wires.

"Some towns went with a delayed opening but many went with cancellation," said O'Connor. "Most of the schools in our surrounding area went with cancellation."

Classes are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.


Tewksbury2001 October 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
It was the right call. Sounds like Dewing had no power. Sorry, AA, the town doesn't revolve around your schedule.
sandra November 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
well I still have no power and no heat. I also have a tree that slammed my sunroom down and a pole at the end of my street that down with power lines still in tact. And National grid stated that tomorrow Nov 2'nd - 5 days with no power, no heat - everything would be back in tact. I am glad their was no school it would be pretty hard to get the kids dresses in no light and out the door on time. And yes, I am a working mom -I actually work 60 hours a week and would of preffered my kids in school instead of using a vacation day, but I was glad I used a vacation day and my kids had no school. I am sure like everyone else your job would of understood - as I am sure their kids had no school as well. But be thankful you have power and heat, I still don't and I have a baby under the age of one and a toddler.
SMB November 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Tewksbury2001 - Thank You! Very well said - AA - the Tewksbury school system does not - thankfully - revolve around your schedule. I know...2 days of missed school is really going to set your children back academically...its a tragedy. Oh, and be lucky you had a vacation day to take - some people don't even have that but do what they have to do ensure their children are safe. SAFETY FIRST! I'm totally good with having my child stay home instead of being in a cold, dark school with teachers who are annoyed that they have to teach in those conditions - remember, the Dewing had no power. Would you have preferred being called in the middle of your "patients" to come and pick up your child because the power had gone out again. Really? Everyone is always so eager to JUDGE rather than UNDERSTAND! Precisely what is wrong with our society. Have a happy day everyone...Sandra - hope you get your power back tomorrow...just got mine yesterday -frustrating - but at least our families are safe - all that matters in the end. MJA - Thanks for sharing your story on Africa - I completely get it and admire their hardships- where there is a will, there is a way, however, we are not in Africa, we are in Tewksbury - just saying.
AB November 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I agree! You hit the nail on the head.
Laurie November 30, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Parents who get so upset over school getting cancelled should make back-up child care arrangements ahead of time. Do you get angry at your children when they are sick and have to miss school? That must mess up your day too. Or do you just send your kids to school sick so they can everyone else sick so you can go to work.


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