The Rutland Public Library has been packed with parents and kids for the past two days.
Schools in the city have been closed for the past 48 hours -- it's a decision Angela Medina says was made prematurely. "I personally thought it was ridiculous. I thought we kind of overestimated the storm, and then closing it before we knew what was going to happen and then the second day when it's absolutely beautiful out," she said.
Rutland Superintendent Mary Moran made the decision to close school Tuesday around 6 p.m., when the storm was at its worst. "We're very concerned with safety of children and families -- both drivers and walkers -- and if there had been downed power lines it would have been terribly dangerous," she said.
And she's not the only superintendent putting safety first. Despite sunny skies Tuesday in much of our region, hundreds of schools were shut down.
"Hopefully people understand that the potential that there was for a very severe event and we appreciate their understanding," Moran said.
Still, some parents, like Jessica Posch, said they wished she had waited to make the call a while longer. "If they had waited until the morning, they might have maybe had a delayed start," she said.
While wind was still rattling Rutland Tuesday, the skies were clear and temperatures topped out in the high sixties. Other parents, like Jessica Danyow, said even though it probably would have been safe for school to be in session, she didn't mind the two day inconvenience. "I think better safe than sorry, so it's not a bad idea," she said.
"I think we were all a little nervous. Everyone was so afraid of Hurricane Irene and so I thought it was the right call," said Ben Calvi.
While she's sympathetic to parent's scheduling needs. Superintendent Mary Moran said when it comes to getting a read on the weather, she'd rather be safe than sorry. "It's difficult and I appreciate that it's hard for families to make arrangements -- folks who are working, childcare etc -- we're aware of that, but the safety of the children and families is always our first priority," she said.
School in Rutland City will be open Wednesday and all evening classes Tuesday night at the Stafford Technical Center will also be back on.
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