Fairfield superintendent apologies for not calling a snow delay
FAIRFIELD — Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones issued a mid-morning mea culpa Monday for misjudging Monday’s snowstorm and calling students to school on time.
“Thank you for your patience with a challenging trek into school this morning,” wrote Jones in an email sent to parents at 10:30 a.m. “We wake up early and a team of people assess the weather based on all known information. Ultimately, the decision is mine to make, and today I just got it wrong. This was a bad early morning snow call.”
Fairfield was one of a few school districts in the area to not cancel or delay school when the spring storm hit during the morning rush hour.
“The snow fell much faster than anticipated and the temperature dropped lower than expected. My apologies to those of you who were in challenging travel situations this morning,” she wrote.
The Nation Weather Service increased their area snow total estimates for Monday’s storm from 4 inches up to 6 to 8 inches.
Fairfield had eight snow days budgeted for in their school calendar, all of which could be tacked on at the end of the school year. School was canceled March 7 and 8 because of snow and high winds from the area’s second nor’easter in as many weeks. A third nor’easter closed schools on Tuesday.
With the March 13 cancellation, Fairfield had used up seven of their allotted snow days. Any closures past eight would be taken from the district’s April break, according to Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones.