Barrington superintendent: Schools ‘had to open’ Tuesday

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A four-day mini-vacation from school came to an end on Tuesday, as students from Barrington took a break from sledding and went back to class.

Barrington Schools Superintendent Michael Messore said it was important that the children returned to school on Tuesday, after a nor’easter resulted in canceled classes on Friday, Feb. 8 and Monday, Feb. 11.

“We had to open today,” he said. “Sidewalks were cleared. Parking lots were cleared. The town did they best they could with the sidestreets.”

Mr. Messore said electricity was restored to all six public schools in town by late Sunday night, but officials wanted one day to check the buildings and make sure heating systems were functioning and schools would be safe and comfortable.

An assessment on Monday proved important, as officials located a few minor heating issues. They repaired the problems, and by late in the day on Monday Mr. Messore issued an automated message to parents of local school children alerting them to the fact that schools would reopen on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Messore also chose to reschedule a professional development day from Wednesday, Feb. 13 to Friday, March 1.

“We need to provide our students with four days of instructional time,” he said. “I opted to move that (professional development) day.”

The superintendent credited the hard work of public works department employees and school facilities staff in clearing paths and parking lots at the schools and readying the buildings for the return of students and teachers.

“They spent many hours over the weekend making sure the roadways and paths were safe for students and the community,” he said. “I really want to thank them."

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