Inside Franklin County school closing decisions

Franklin County saw between 1.5 and 6 inches of snow

Snow in Greenfield Monday morning.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Franklin County saw some significant snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday. 11 Franklin County school districts decided to delay classes by 2 hours, while 8 school districts decided to cancel school altogether.

Greenfield Public Schools delayed classes at every school by 2 hours. They told 22News that all delays, along with cancellations, are determined on a case-by-case basis, where they factor in both weather and driving conditions.

They work closely with the Department of Public Works to determine how treacherous the commute will be. Greenfield schools are responsible for treating and clearing the property sidewalks and bus stops.

Greenfield Schools superintendent Jordana Harper told 22News, “We’re making a lot of decisions early in the morning. This typically starts at 4am. We’re consulting with other superintendents; we use a child care weather watch guide to determine how temperature affects them. So those are all factors that come into play.”

Greenfield Public Schools also factor in the wind chill and ice on the roads, but their biggest concern is student safety.

Franklin County had snowfall averages last night from 1.5 inches in Greenfield to 6 inches in Heath.

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