Westborough schools will have snow days in case of inclement weather this winter


By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

A fisherman floats on Lake Chauncy during a past winter storm. Westborough students will have snow days of their own this winter after virtual learning due to COVID-19 partially eliminated such days last year, district officials recently said. (Photo/Cheryl Arsenault)

WESTBOROUGH – The Westborough Public Schools will have snow days in the event of
inclement weather this winter, district Record Access Officer Daniel Mayer told the School
Committee late last month.

The announcement comes after an atypical winter last year where the district called at least one remote learning day in addition to one traditional snow day, according to School Committee Chair Kristen Vincent.

“The superintendent could make the decision based on the circumstances,” Vincent wrote in an email to the Community Advocate.

Superintendent Amber Bock had that option, thanks to a decision at the state level to allow
virtual learning in cases of school closures. Many schools across the state were still operating in either a fully virtual or hybrid learning format due to the COVID-19 pandemic as various winter storms rolled through the region.

Things will be different this winter, though, as the state has not updated its initial memo limiting the virtual learning decision to the 2020-2021 school year.

“If the roads are not passable, we will have snow days,” Mayer said at the School Committee meeting, which took place on Sept. 22.