Portsmouth resident and blogger John McDaid sent this note of concern to Portsmouth officials in advance of the opening of schools Monday after the storm. Although schools were initially scheduled to reopen, students awoke to a message Monday declaring that schools will be closed due to a ‘change’ in weather conditions.
Dr. Krizic, Mr. Croston, Mr. Klimm…
While I understand the importance of returning to school as soon as feasible, I wanted to share my concerns about student bus stop safety. At least in Island Park — and elsewhere in the north end of town, based on a short drive this evening — there are many intersections that serve as school bus stops where there is literally no place for kids to stand, blind corners, and — especially tomorrow morning — potentially icy conditions.
The attached are photos from this evening of two middle school stops — the larger pile is Park and Cottage, the smaller is Park and Mason. In both, students will be standing in the street tomorrow morning.
I would respectfully suggest you consider this in any decision regarding school in Portsmouth tomorrow.