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Schools Back in Session Monday Morning

Some routes and stops may change temporarily.

As of Friday afternoon, Brookfield schools are back on the public power grid and will be reopening Monday, November 7, at their regular times. According to an email disseminated by the district, certain bus routes and stops may have to be changed and, if so, that information will be sent out through the E-News this weekend.

Because of lingering outages expected to plague the town into next week, any students who are without power will not be marked as absent.

To make up for a week of missed school days, the district has decided to cancel February vacation, a long weekend from Thursday, February 16, through Monday, February 20. That Thursday, Friday and Monday will now be regular schools days for staff and students.

As a reminder, schools will be closed on Tuesday for Election Day ( and will be open as polling places) and Friday, November 11, for Veterans Day.

According to the email from Superintendent Anthony Bivona, the high school will continue to be used as the town’s 24-hour emergency shelter through noon Saturday, at which time a decision will be made on whether to keep it open and for what hours.

Steven DeVaux November 04, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Sent out thru E-News to people without power. Duh.
Simcha Gralla November 04, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Automated calls were made as well. I'm sure they would have used semaphore if anyone in town would know how to read it. Steven, I don't think there's anything the town can do without you finding a way to complain about it.
Steven DeVaux November 04, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Simcha, I am extremely disappointed at our high paid officials failing to think through things completely and consider all the inputs and outputs to their decisions. They should have considered that people would not have electric, cable or telephone as they haven't for a week now. Mail however, has been getting delivered and hence they should have considered that means of effective ongoing communications to insure that familes don't fall through the cracks. They should have considered it early enough in the crisis rather than a knee jerk reaction at the end. In the end, it is blatently obvious Brookfield's emergency planning needs to be reworked to be effective. We don't need to repeat this two months hence again when the temperatures are hovering at below zero. When you pay top dollar and recieve poor service every single person has a right to complain about it.
Simcha Gralla November 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Steven, if they would have sent out mail you would have complained about the waste of money. I agree that there is much to be fixed, but this is not one of those. With the situation in flux, they couldn't make a final decision on Monday's opening until today, and sending out a mailing today wouldn't work. People in this town have been very good about passing the word around to those roughing it at home. Those who are out of town with friends or relatives will likely get the news electronically..
Catherine Malek November 04, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Oh brother, enough! Believe me, word spreads, and people are finding ways to get the info. Really? Mail? This is a day-to-day work in progress. I don't have power but I manage to get to the internet every now and then and charge my phone through the help of my friends. We're all looking out for each other and don't need your constant complaining.
Nancy Power November 04, 2011 at 10:55 PM
It has been a trying time for all Brookfield residents. We have used BHS as a shelter and we could not be more pleased with all the staff involved. The custodians, fire marshall, police officers, and kitchen staff have been wonderful! Thank you for your efforts! Most sincerely, Nancy and Richard Power
Anon November 05, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Will Monday be an A or B Day? It's extremely annoying that the school website doesn't post such critical information such as what classes the kids should be preparing for when they get back. All they need to do is add an extra letter but they can't even seem to do that.
Simcha Gralla November 05, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Anon, the way it's been in the past is whatever the first cancelled day would have been, so it will be whatever last Monday was supposed to be.
Michael Gianfranceschi November 05, 2011 at 07:38 PM
it will be an "A" day
Elizabeth November 05, 2011 at 08:40 PM
good to know they're gonna be sending the information out through "E-news" when there are still a good amount of us without power.......
David Propper November 06, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Ashley, what should we do? Send out the Town Crier? As somebody without power, I got the message. There is no perfect solution. If you can recommend something else, than tell us what else should be done.
Michael G November 07, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Ummm...ever hear of a smartphone?

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