Icy road conditions worry Staples students

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Icy road conditions worry Staples students

Kit Epstein, Opinions Editor

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On the morning of March 4, 2016, The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement, warning citizens for icy road conditions in Westport, CT.

That statement, however, did not stop Westport Public Schools from opening on time, causing commotion among student drivers.

“When I started to turn I completely lost my brakes and started sliding,” Lindsey Felner ’17 said. “The roads were extremely dangerous.”

According to patch.com, the Hazardous Weather Outlook that was issued by the National Weather Service did in fact warn of “snow covered roads and hazardous travel conditions for Friday morning.”

Due to the warnings for these conditions, several Staples students believe a delay should have been issued.

“My car was skidding a lot,” Katie Petersen ’16 said. “I know a lot of people I talked to said they were sliding a lot, too, so we probably should have had a delay.”

Yet, NBC news reported that the only district in Fairfield County to issue a two hour delay was Danbury Public Schools.

“The bus company tells us if the conditions are safe,” Staples High School Interim Principal, Mark Karagus said. “The superintendent’s decision is in tune to the safety of our students.”

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