Snow-covered bus lot forced Shelton schools to full distance learning Monday

Exterior view of the Board of Education offices in Shelton, Conn. Nov. 5, 2020.

Exterior view of the Board of Education offices in Shelton, Conn. Nov. 5, 2020.

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SHELTON — The city was unable to clear snow from the bus lot in time for school Monday, forcing city schools to move to a full distance learning for the day, Superintendent Ken Saranich announced.

After the Sunday snowstorm that dumped more than 8 inches on the city, Saranich originally announced that schools would open on a two-hour delay Monday. That two-hour delay remains in place.

But Saranich said he was notified at 7:15 a.m. Monday by Shelton Student Transportation Services head Ken Nappi that more time was needed to clear snow from the lot and clean off the buses.

Saranich said the district, already on a two-hour delay, could not delay the in-school opening any further so announced the district would move to the full distance learning for the day.

Nappi was not available for comment.

“We will make it work,” Saranich said.

Saranich then sent out a notice to parents at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

“Schools will be closed for in-person learning,” Saranich’s notice said. “Offices will remain open. We will still be operating on a two-hour delayed schedule. The instructional staff will have access to buildings and may choose to teach from home or in their classrooms.”

The district already planned for impacts to transportation Monday, Saranich said, after he was informed at 6:30 a.m. that some drivers would not be in on time because of slick road conditions.

The district was in the process of informing those families affected by some buses not running when Saranich said he was informed that more time would be needed to clear the bus lot of snow.

“I apologize for the late notice,” Saranich added. “I let parents know as soon as I was informed of the situation and the need for the schools to go to full distance learning.”

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