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Tolland Cancels School in Anticipation of Hurricane Sandy

There will be no school on Monday or Tuesday.

Tolland schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to potential power outages and road closures from Hurricane Sandy, according to Superintendent William Guzman.

In a meeting with town leaders earlier this morning, Guzman said that while he believes students could be safely transported to and from school, he is worried that the town would lose power during the day from the storm.

Town staff also said that the high school will be utilized as a shelter during the storm, if necessary.

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Jim G. October 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I knew it! I knew it! Now they want us to be dumb and uneducated so we'll be easier to keep under control! Will the conspiracy never end!
Jayme Kunze October 28, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Jim, I'm glad that the gloomy forecast hasn't affected your sense of humor... : )
Robin October 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
...totally agree Jimbo...
Emily October 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
They cancelled school for rain. Lazy administrators would rather have a nice long weekend at the expense of the children. What have we become that we scurry like frightened mice at the mere chance of a storm. Why no school Monday? The real storm isn't coming until Monday night. I will now spend my energy getting Guzman replaced! I am thoroughly disgusted by this decision.
Jim G. October 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
And how many children do YOU have in local schools, Auntie Em? If you have no idea of the scale of Sandy, you might want to turn on the news. If the storm moves in just a little faster and on a more northern track - which is completely possible - the full strength of the storm could be on us before kids get home from school. Oh, yeah, I want all the kids at school when the power lines start going down. But no, you're right, it's about lazy teachers wanting to sleep in. And the Socialist Revolution, too, don't forget that. They'll commandeer the school buses to get us to the relocation camps. Let's all do an IQ check around Thursday, okay?
Jim Williams October 28, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Emily, this should not be considered a little rain. This storm has the potential to be the worst we may see in our lifetime. It is no easy task, I assume, taking responsiblility for most of the children in town everyday. I am sure this decision was not taken lightly and was not only his.
Emily October 28, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Monday night into Tuesday will be more than a little rain. Should the storm track north or come in a little faster the half day/early dismissal is tool used quite frequently by the superintendent in the past. To answer Jim G. I have 4 in children in school. I said nothing about lazy teachers ( did i hit a little close to the bone?) I said lazy administrators. I should have said overpaid, lazy and incompetent administrators. It is obvious to me and anyone willing to look, they are hoping for the full week off. Tuesday and Wed are going to be power out and assessment days, Thursday will be cleanup and Friday depends on the severity of the storm. Monday was the only chance to get the kids in for at least a half day but NOOOOOOO!!!
Steve Clark October 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The Superintendent ISSUED the notice to close the schools. The DECISION to close them was a joint decision by all town administrators, especially the Director of Public Safety. Also, the high school has been designated as an emergency shelter and has recently been upgraded to correct some of the problems that were encountered during last year's storms. Once a state of emergency has been declared and the town's EOC has been activated, the school will be prepared for use by the town's residents until the emergency is over.
Marlboro Man October 29, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Jim, There is only one fault to your unlocking of the great conspiracy... Any days missed at the "start" of the year are made up at the "end" of the year. Keep looking.. the truth is out there!
Cheryl October 29, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I work in the school system and have 3 kids in the system too. Yes, a half day would be nice on Monday, but you can't take a chance on a storm like this that we might not be able to get all the kids home safely.
Marlboro Man October 29, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Emily, so in your mind, 1 half day is worth impacting the lives of thousands. Not to say that thousands could get hurt, but what if the power goes out while the kids are in school. Then, what? Now you have panicked parents wanting to get their kids home. What then do you do, send the buses home in winds that could exceed 60 mph? To homes that may have trees and power lines down across the roads? How do you get those kids back to their homes then? And, just in case you have not forgotten, any days missed days now will be made up by the end of the year. How sad that you are this bitter and spiteful towards those who are charged to ensure the safety of our children. Really, Emily? Gonna start going after the EMTs because their sirens hurt your ears.
Jim G. October 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
"Hundreds of Schools in Seven States Closed; Epidemic of Lazy Administrators Blamed." :)
Ally E October 29, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Emily, your kids sound AWFUL...I can't blame you for being annoyed you have to spend your day with them.
Dan October 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM
I blame it all on George Bush. LOL.
Rebecca October 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Thank you "lazy" administrators for caring about the safety of my children. For those parents who care about the hazards of this storm and the safety of their children, we appreciate the decision made! Now it's my turn to go be "lazy" and cuddle with my snuggle bug! Emily, I hope you have a good understanding of how devastating this storm could be from beginning to end, instead of criticizing, be thankful!! Your children will not lose out, they will make it up at the end of the year.
Emily October 29, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Well here it is 10:30 Monday morning and barely sprinkling as predicted. The kids would have been able to get to school with out an issue and finish most classes on a half day schedule. Of course I know I am evil for wanting my kids to learn responsibility by going to school everyday like I go to work everyday. They could have had time with their teacher to get assignments for the rest of the week which will be most probably canceled. I don't fall into the hysteria that the media enjoy creating. I look at the forecasts and use common sense unlike oh so many of you out there. I will be watching the skies and the trees and reporting back to all my fellow Tolland citizens through out the day. I hope you are all right and I am the one that is wrong.
Jim G. October 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Wow. "Evil"? That's rich. It takes a towering stack of cluelessness to look at the news, weather reports, NHC etc., see that six or seven states are functionally shut down or planning complete shutdowns by early afternoon, that federal and state emergencies have been declared across the northeast... and say something so fatuously idiotic. All I can say is that it goes a long way towards explaining the political posts of the Emily set. All that matters is within their back yard, everything else is elitist nonsense. If it can't be seen out her kitchen window, it doesn't matter and probably doesn't exist. Wow. Stay safe, folks. But then, most of you are smart enough to stay indoors in a hurricane.
C. Alexander October 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Its not that the administrators are lazy Emily.... it's that they have to worry about people like you ranting and raving about every little thing. If they had school today, there would be potential lawsuits if something went wrong.... then with 20/20 hind sight, you and 500 others would be griping about that saying they should have kept them home....this is because you and people like you can only see what benefits you at the moment.... your annoyed you have to watch your kids today becasue there is a hurricane coming... time to have a glass of wine, pop some xanax and deal with it... or go on patch and make hysterical, ignorant rants.... both are good coping strategies, but I strongly suggest the former.... its much more calming and productive.
Louie October 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Mmm, yes tough decision. Worst Case scenario #1: Cancel school along with every other district in a 500 mile radius in deference to unprecedented storm and have weather hold off. Subject decision-makers to name-calling on-line attacks by anonymous bullies with chips on their shoulders about unrelated matters. Make up two days in June. Worst case scenario #2: hold school despite the pleas of local,state and federal emergency managers. Have 2,000 students and 300 employees separated from their families, stuck in school buildings if storm hits a little earlier than models predict (not going to explore the real worst cases in storms like this). Pull emergency responders off other assignments to rescue stranded parents attempting to get to their children. And, oh, yeah, subject administrators to online attacks and name calling for ignoring warnings in order to get a half-day of school in. Make up two days in June.
C. Alexander October 29, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Well said Jim G!
Jim G. October 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Nailed it. Emily, about 2:00pm I would like you to look out the window and think, "Gosh, my kids should be home from school soon." Then MAYBE the reason for not sending them off this breezy morning might make sense. Along with Louie's nice set of distinctions. But probably not. It's just media hysteria. Oh, by the way, trucks have been ordered off the highways, followed by all non-emergency vehicles by 1 pm. There's just no work ethic any more.
Concerned Resident October 29, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Emily, you really think that the administrators cancelled school for 2 days because of rain? Have you not been watching the weather forecasts at all? Personally, I would rather have my children home with me rather than worry about wether they will be safe on their ride home from school just to get a day in! I don't love having to make up the days at the end of the year either BUT I want my kids to be safe. As Louie has already posted, every school district around us has been proactive and cancelled school for both today and tomorrow! Even the colleges and universities around us were already canceling as of yesterday. Do you think we're special in that regard that we should try squeezing a half a day? Don't you think that most of the teachers, administrators and students would be distracted by the impending storm? How much "learning" would really go on? "lazy" has nothing to do with their decision to call school off. Heading all the warnings and promoting safety for all drove their decision. Sad that you can't see this.
Audrey P October 29, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I think what is happening here is that Emily is a very frustrated, perhaps even depressed, mother of four children. The very thought of having to stay indoors with them for several days threw her right over the edge. Emily, there is help out there, if you need it. Speak to your doctor. It is possible that one might have missed the news alert and media coverage surrounding this enormous hurricane which has shut down most of the eastern seaboard, but, I doubt it.
Ally E October 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Emily, maybe you can show the storm who's boss by having your kids finally get use of that Kloter Farms swing set all afternoon! Or better yet, maybe they'd enjoy making sandcastles?! Free child care!!
Emily October 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Its 3:00 now and the kids could have had a full day. The wind is just barely kicking in,no more than any March day but we have the alarmist media getting everyone into a frenzy. I'm glad that all are safe i'm sorry that a school day is lost and can never be recovered. You can say all the mean and hurtful things you want to about me. I did my work and I had the kids read all morning. I'm sure all you people that are so much better than me used the television as a babysitter. Never lost power and all the tree's are still standing. I heard it may snow in January, I guess its time to cancel school again!
Jim G. October 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Confirmed: Troll sighting. Move along, everyone, it's harmless, merely annoying. No feeding, please. No, sir, we're not sure if low IQ or high BAC are involved; doesn't really matter. Move along, now, nothing to see, move along...
Sharon October 29, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Roads currently closed: Bald Hill, Wiegold Road (near #303), Grant Hill (near #119), Sugar Hill (multiple trees at # 16, 296 & 329), Metcalf (near #27), Buff Capp (near #378). Rhodes and Anthony have reopened.
Rebecca October 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Emily that's awesome, I was doing right by my kids as well. We had home economics at my house!! We baked a vegan cake and cookies and breads and then we sat with the kids and had a science lesson about weather! It was amazing!!! Then my son had to go help our neighbor because the "low" winds flipped her grill over, so he even got volunteer time in!! Man are we on a roll!!
Jim Williams October 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I have no power since 3pm

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