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West Hartford Public Schools Will Remain Closed on Tuesday

Primary reason for keeping schools closed is the highway ban.

West Hartford Public Schools will remain closed on Tuesday, according to Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore.

"The major reason is transportation issues," Moore said Monday evening when the decision was finalized.

Because Gov. Dannel Malloy's ban on highway travel for all traffic other than emergency vehicles and personnel, town officials said that bus drivers and teachers may not be able to get here. West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka said, "Basically, that mandates that the town close schools. As long as the highways are closed, Tom has no discretion."

Slifka said, "The weather could be great tomororw, but we have to making that decision [to close schools] based on staffing."

Moore has been in touch with other superintendents in the area. "The Farmington superintendent said that they're closed. We're all in the same boat." Other towns in greater Hartford will keep schools closed on Tuesday as well.

Power is currently out at both King Philip and Aiken schools, apparently due to a tree that took down a primary line coming from Bloomfield. Moore said that power would not likely be restored at those schools until Tuesday.

"Wednesday we should be in school," Moore said.

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