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Updated: Brookfield Schools Open Wednesday

Superintendent Anthony Bivona announced Tuesday afternoon that the 2011-12 academic year will begin on Wednesday.

All Brookfield schools will be in session on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Power has been restored to all school buildings, most roads have been cleared and we can safely transport our students to and from school.

Wednesday will be a full instructional day and kindergarten orientation will take place as previously announced.

However, it will be necessary to adjust the routes of several buses and temporarily move bus stops.  

These changes, which may result in some runs being slightly longer than planned, will be in effect until further notice.

Deer Run Road

Change affects buses transporting students to all schools.

Students living at #1 through #26 Deer Run and on Bayberry may go to either of the following stops:  

  • Intersection of Deer Run and Whipporwill 
  • Intersection Deer Run and Main Drive

Old Hemlock Drive

Change affects buses transporting students to all schools.  

  • Bus stop will be at intersection of Old Hemlock and Flax Hill Road

Newman Place

Change affects buses transporting students to all schools.  

  • Pickup for Newman Place will be at the intersection of Guernsey/Newman Place/Nancy Lane

Knollcrest Drive

 Change affects buses transporting students to all schools.  

  • Students living at #1 through #15 will be picked up at their normal stop 
  • Students living at #16 through #38 will be picked up at the intersection of Knollcrest and Blueberry (either end)

Powderhorn Hill Road

Change affects buses transporting students to all schools.

Students living on Powderhorn Hill Road will be picked up at either of the following stops:  

  • Intersection of Powderhorn Hill Road and Pocono Ridge
  • Intersection of Red Barn Lane and Knollcrest Drive

Additionally, the Brookfield Police Department has indicated that to community members who wish to use the showers and restroom facilities.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Aaron Boyd (Editor) August 30, 2011 at 08:00 PM
This story has been updated with changes to bus stop locations — in effect until further notice.
Sara August 30, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Does anybody know how the high school's schedule will work?
Aaron Boyd (Editor) August 31, 2011 at 08:59 PM
The bus schedule will be back to normal starting tomorrow (Thursday, September 1).
Steven DeVaux August 31, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Look at other towns push for caution and parity for kids all having power when they come back to school, not just 75%. http://weston-ct.patch.com/articles/weston-delays-start-of-school
Amy Ferrarie September 01, 2011 at 12:13 AM
I have heard that since schools were closed due to the Hurricane and a State of Emergency was called for Connecticut that the lost days would not be required to be made up. Any truth to this? (please?)
Rob Gianazza September 01, 2011 at 12:59 AM
The school year is required to have 180 days of instruction per Connecticut General Statutes. There is an exception if over 187 (don't hold me to the exact number) are scheduled. Brookfield Public Schools are scheduled for 182 days of instruction. Unless Gov. Malloy alters that statute, those are the rules we are bound to.
Amy Ferrarie September 01, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Thanks Rob, I realize the 180 day ruling but since this was a "State of Emergency" situation, is this an exception to the "make up" day rule? In other words, are we 2 days down now?
Rob Gianazza September 01, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Brookfield has contracted with our various bargaining units (unions) to have 182 instructional days. The state requires 180, so we are in excess of the state minimum. Unless the Board of Education votes to alter the duration of our academic school year, which we have done in the past, yes, we are starting out two days down, no different than snow days, or if there was a failure to have power or potable water in the buildings.

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