Nov 5, 2015 11:01 AM
Nashua will change to 2-hour school delays instead of 90 min. this winter
NASHUA - City schools are changing to a two-hour delay for bad weather this winter instead of 90 minutes to make it easier on work crews - and on parents who struggled to calculate the 90-minute change in school start times.
"People really have a hard time calculating a 90-minute difference in time. Our phones ring off the hook with parents asking that question," Superintendent Mark Conrad told The Telegraph. "We even had one parent last year saying, 'Well I thought you told me it was an hour and a half, and now I hear it's 90 minutes.' "
Other districts in the area generally use a two-hour delay, with the exception of Hudson, Conrad said. The main reason for the change was to give crews more time to clear roads and parking lots following a storm.
"When I talk to other superintendents at 4:30 in the morning, their roads are in better shape than ours are in terms of how they've been treated by DPW. Not because we don't have a highly capable DPW team, but because we're stretched for resources," Conrad said.
The change had widespread support from principals, teachers and parent volunteer coordinators.
School board member Dorothy Oden, a former teacher, was among those supporting the change, saying the extra 30 minutes will help students arrive to school on time, "because parents had such a hard time figuring out what time their kids needed to go to school."