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Morning Snowfall Causes Three Accidents in Acton

Schools decide to open despite slippery road conditions.

Despite a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service, parents and students had to work their way through 3 to 4 inches of snow this morning as Acton Public Schools opted not to use a snow day today.

The Acton Police Department reported three accidents as of 9 a.m., none involving school buses.

The winter weather advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected.

Do you think Acton schools should have used a snow day today? Tell us in the comments section below.

Donya Platt January 16, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Why Acton would not delay or cancel school today I don't understand. We live on one of the steepest streets in town and they did not made a single pass to clear the road until after 9:30am. One of my son's special educ. van couldn't make it up the street, so my son walked half a mile to meet it. My 2nd son's van driver called me in tears after sliding off the road on the hill ending up in a yard and needed towed. She stated she felt too scared to be driving. (I don't blame her!) I find the situation unacceptable. While I understand all streets need cleared, steep roads where residents have called multiple times should be a priority along with the most heavily traveled ones. I can't imagine our house being reached by emergency personnel in these situations. And the police dept cut me off and hung up on me. Public works and the highway dept only had answering machines available at the time. We left multiple messages for them. (I must add in fairness, that in previous situations where we've been stuck and called, public works usually responds fairly quickly. Another time when our son's van slid off the road on our hill with my son in it, they even came to help bring him home.) There is no way school should begin when residential streets have not been cleared enough for a van to drive it safely. I can't imagine that it was safe for buses and I know parents found it very difficult driving their kids to school. Dr. Mills should have made a call for a delay or closing.
Karen Pierce January 17, 2013 at 04:08 PM
No, they just should have plowed the streets earlier like they have for other snow storms. Its not like this snowfall was a surprise.
Mary January 18, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I agree with Karen Pierce. I also feel that if you feel it unsafe for your children to go to school until the roads are clearer, then you have the right and responsibility as a parent, to keep them safe and at home, until you can get them there - even if that means they miss a day of school.

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