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Message from Superintendent Cook

January 18, 2023 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

The decision to close or delay school is difficult and made with the safety of our students and staff in the forefront. The process to make this decision begins very early in the morning, with the district and the Hartford Town Highway Department communicating and collectively working together to ensure the safety of all parties. 

 

On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the district was forced to close after initially being delayed due to hazardous road conditions. As you may have noticed, the Hartford CSD was the only school district in the region to close. The reason for the closure was due to the Hartford Town Highway Department operating with a limited number of staff. Currently, the Hartford Town Highway Department has only one employee, in addition to the Highway Superintendent. While the Town Highway Department works as hard as they can, and does everything within their ability to ensure the Town roads are passable, it is not a realistic expectation that two individuals properly maintain the roads, especially in adverse weather conditions. As a result, the district was forced to close. 

 

The district is committed to continuing to work with the Highway Department to ensure roads are safe for transport and that school can remain open. However, as the winter season continues and the Highway Department labor force remains in flux, there may be additional days in the future when the district is forced to delay and/or close, when we otherwise would not have had to do so due to unpassable roadways.    

 

The district remains committed to providing the best educational experience possible for each student and ensuring their health, safety, and welfare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the district at 518-632-5222.

 

Andrew Cook
Hartford Superintendent of School