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Early Dismissal for Ridgefield Schools Monday

Students are going home early due to the weather.

Students in the Ridgefield School District will be going home early due to what the district desctibes as a "wintry forecast for our area." The early dismissal times are:

10:55 a.m. for Ridgefield High School

11:30 a.m. for East Ridge Middle School, Scotts Ridge Middle School

12:05 p.m. for BES, RES, SES

12:40 p.m. BMES, FES, VPES 

According to the National Weather Service: “Total snow accumulations should range from less than an inch along the immediate coastline…to 1 to 2 inches farther inland.”

Jan Rifkinson November 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Does make you wonder how the minorintendant of schools makes decisions?
VPParent November 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Why send the students home in the middle of this snowfall? First off, it is a minor snowfall. My brother lives in northern Vermont. He says they have far fewer snow days thane we do! They deal with it. But why send the students home at 11 am when the snow is falling? The weather service says the snow will stop by noon and then it will rain all afternoon, washing away the snow and making the roads much safer. Why send the students home now when the roads are at their "worst"?
S November 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Bitch of they keep them in school...bitch if they send them home early. Deb Low really cannot win can she!
VPParent November 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
S, what a classy person you are. I was wondering where our school children picked up that kind of foul language. PS: I'm concerned about the safety of the RIdgefield school children. Sorry if that troubles you.
sebastian dangerfield November 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
S No The points raised above are relevant. It is possible to make a wrong decision here. Even though, you want to make it seem as though she is in no win situation. If the snow does stop, as forecast at 1230, then she made a bad decision. If the snow gets worse and worse and is bad roads at 230--then she made correct call. She can win--when the decision was the correct one. But saying she cant --just means you want to agree with her , no matter what.
S November 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Like I said...Last week there was bitchingabout how the poor children were on the bus and stuck. Now we bitch because they are sent home early. CANNOT WIN! Also, in either situation if you are concerned about YOUR child's safety...get in the car and pick them up!!!! Or keep them home if you thought school should have been cancelled. HAVE SOME PERSONAL responsibility!
S November 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Oh and I guess the other 47 school districts in CT were incorrect with early dismissals too. I am grateful that my children will be home safe...when the temp drops and the roads get icy.
VPParent November 27, 2012 at 05:54 PM
S, different days, different storms. Last time was one type of circumstance where the weather was slated to get worse as the day progressed. The children should have been dismissed sooner, so as to avoid the bad weather. This time, the weather is slated to get better as the day progresses, so they would have been safer in school. This seems to be a hard concept for you. If it was raining last Tuesday and you needed an umbrella, did you go out of your house with an umbrella today, because after all, it's Tuesday again... and all Tuesdays are the same right? As for the 47 school districts who dismissed early today, there are over 180 school districts in Connecticut. You think 25% closing early means they are correct and the vast majority of 75% is wrong? Interesting logic you have.
S November 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Have a nice day VP Parent and enjoy this snow day with your children (child) :-)
sebastian dangerfield November 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
S 11:44 am on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Oh and I guess the other 47 school districts in CT were incorrect with early dismissals too. ha then the 124 other districts that didnt dismiss were what? right or wrong?
oldtimer November 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
VP! Are you finished?
S November 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The number jumped to 90 by the end of the day FYI
VPParent November 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Can you show me where it says 90 schools are closed? The lists I look at don't say that. Another thing, why do people always want to do exactly what others do? One school district closes, then others want to close too. One family buys an SUV, quick, you better buy an SUV too. One family joins Silver Spring Country Club, quick, you better spend your daughter's college fund and join too. Must people always be exactly like everyone else? Are we that insecure? What happens when we all hit 70 years old? A good friend dies and quick, everyone else should die too...........
oldtimer November 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
VP! Please continue. You have become very amusing!
John Symon November 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Deborah Low has got to go! I received an email at 12:09pm announcing that schools were going out on early dismissal. The decision had been made hours earlier. What gives??
Sam November 28, 2012 at 04:25 AM
if she is doing everything to win over people, we are in trouble. she gets paid to do the right thing and she apprently fails.
sebastian dangerfield November 28, 2012 at 07:04 AM
S 5:27 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2012 Deb Low might as well cancel school of r Monay! I doubt they will have no school for the week! This well worded post by "S" just before Sandy giving advice to Deb Low on school closing? Wow--- I guess "S" didnt think Deb could make the decision on her own....but now faults those who doubt Deb Low. Weird person for sure
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Closing school every time the barometer drops teaches our kids all the wrong messages, I.e. don't learn to drive/deal in the snow, just hide from it. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad decisions - about gear, clothing and how to respond to the weather like driving more slowly and carefully. Our educators would do well to teach these lessons instead of teaching avoidance only.
oldtimer November 28, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Sounds overly simple. The school bus drivers would probably look at road and weather conditions differently. IMO
Nicole November 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Why aren't you people happy to have additional time to hang out with and love your kids? Or do you warehouse them in daycare centers and after school programs every day...
Keep Studying November 28, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The problem Nicole, is that Ridgefield students keep falling behind academically. We need to keep them in school as much as possible so they have a fighting chance of catching up to the other towns.
S November 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Nicole...my thoughts exactly! Soon enough they will be gone from the house! I had a great day with my kids and two of their friends (mom was stuck in Wilton working). We had a great day of sledding & watching Christmas movies! VP parent - google and you will find CT school closings :-)
VPParent November 28, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I certainly wasn't playing armchair quarterback after the fact. At 10:20 yesterday morning I pointed out that with the early dismissal we would be sending the students home when the roads were at their worst. Sure enough, at noon, just as the students were on the roads, the ridgefield press reported multiple buses were slipping and sliding. But if we had waited until the normal closing time, the snow had tapered off, the all important temperature had risen above freezing and the roads were no longer slippery. Notice how the ridgefield press didn't report a single difficulty for any cars at the normal 2:00 to 4:00 dismissal time. Why? Because the roads were safer. It played out exactly how the weather reports said it would. After reading these weather reports yesterday morning, I suggested it would be safer to keep the students in school for the afternoon. I called it exactly right BEFORE IT HAPPENED. This is what I expect our town leaders to do.
about the us news report November 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I'm going to offer my two cents here. Cooper posted the following: 1:17 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 According to the US News, Ridgefield is #3 in CT and #226 in the nation. We have already surpassed all but 2 schools in the state. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/connecticut Cooper, for your own sake and the sake of your children, please don't misunderstand the US News rankings. They are not a measure of academic success. They are more a measure of student attendance. Look at Connecticut's #1 and #2 schools according to US News, CIBA and Conrad. Have you ever heard of them? If you look just at academic data for the top 25 Connecticut schools mentioned by US News, CIBA and Conrad rank 24th and 25th. They are at the bottom of the heap. Yet they win the overall prize of being 1st and 2nd for Connecticut in the full US News ranking. This is because the US News ranking system is based not on academics, but on attendance. Ridgefield is ranked #3 by US News. This means Ridgefield had really good attendance at the AP exams. But academicaly... eh.... not so good. So Cooper, don't fool yourself into thinking the US News ranking means Ridgefield has been doing well academically. It would be like having your child come home with all grades being "C" on his report card, and then bragging that your child is doing really great in school because he got a 100%... on his attendance record.
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Sorry to hear that people think being #3 is OK. As for what the bus drivers think about the school closings, I did not realize that this all important constituency was determining whether my child would get an education. We had a chance to have one full week in Novermber without any days off or early dismissal, but we blew it over a total non-event. All sources were predicting less than 1" of snow during the day, the radar was fairly tame and that's what we got - lengthy but meaningless snow showers. By law, all school buses in the state have chains available and frankly there needs to be a lot of snow to make driving a 10 wheel vehicle with chains unsafe. I have lived in Scandanavia, Vermont and Montana as well as spending a fair bit of time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so I am quite certain buses can be handled when there is snow on the road and any driver who is not up to that probably shouldn't be driving a bus on a good day. As for spending time with your own children, I suppose there are those who don't do enough of that but I am not one - I am in fact a stay at home father who spends all day every day with at least 2 of my children. That has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with whether I want the school leadership to set a bad example for my kids by teaching them to fear weather rather than manage it.
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
It is possible to drive safely in the snow. I guess that is shocking to you, but a few irresponsible and inexperienced high school kids should not determine education outcomes for all kids in the town.
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
it's not a desire - as someone who participates in the college admission process I find that being from a top ranked school is vital if you want to go to a top ranked school. While I won't criticize the US N&WR rankings, I will point out that other metrics, like CMT results etc, usually put Ridgefield a tad lower. Yes our schools are good, but they need to be great. This isn't about test results either - my problem is the life/coping skills that just aren't being taught.
Keep Studying November 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM
When in college, maybe all Ridgefield students could major in sledding.

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