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UPDATE: Decision on Recalling Public School Classes Feb. 19 Will be Made Wednesday

As residents dig themselves out, life is slouching toward normal in the city, but not for city kids, who are thrilled to enjoy this unexpected recess from classes.

 

Update 11:07 p.m.

Middletown Board of Education member Ryan Kennedy told Patch that Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles will survey staff on Wednesday to determine if the Feb. 19 vacation day should be reinstated. A decision is expected tomorrow.

Update: 5:09 p.m.

The Middletown Planning and Zoning meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening has been postponed to Feb. 27 (see agenda attached).

Original story

The sun was shining early Tuesday, as city life began bustling toward its usual pace, pedestrians walked sidewalks and carefully transversed slush piles and moats of water gathered in low points.

Middletown's Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles has moved tonight's Board of Education meeting from city hall council chambers to the Tychsen Building at 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, due access concerns and the safety of the public. (We've attached the agenda as a pdf here).

She also has closed schools through Thursday. Friday is a city-wide professional development day and Monday is President's Day. That leaves Tuesday, Feb. 19, which was originally scheduled as a holiday. Charles now says she's debating whether or not to recall classes on Feb. 19 to plan for possible more snow days this winter.

"Technically, we should go into April vacation," Charles says, "but if we add this one day [in February], we can have the full vacation week in April." She's having the conversation right now with the union.

Middletown Patch walked around city streets Tuesday, taking photographs of society slouching toward normal (see gallery). And we captured this cool video last night at the Buttonwood Tree.

Middletown Police posted a sign at headquarters saying those citizens whose cars are towed because of the parking ban, which is still in effect, must pay $110 (towing and parking fine) in full by cash, bank check or money order to retrieve their vehicles.

There is a parking can in effect until further notice, according to the city website.

Xavier High School is closed today and Wednesday's JV Hockey Game is cancelled and today's basketball game (all three levels) is postponed. Mercy High School has canceled school and activities today.

Russell Library remains closed Tuesday and classes resume at Middlesex Community College and Quinnipiac University on Wednesday.

What is the status of the streets where you live? Tell us where in the comments below.

mxc.pep@hotmail.com February 12, 2013 at 08:47 PM
February Break is Monday and Tuesday, so they officially go back to school Wed. 20th!
Cassandra Day February 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
"Charles now says she's debating whether or not to recall classes on Feb. 19 to plan for possible more snow days this winter."
Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Did you read that she is thinking of recalling Tuesday as a school day to preserve April, vacation. Great idea
Lucille Aresco February 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
These kids have lost so much school already...Start the next week as a full week and give them and the teachers an April Vacation...We all need to get away...

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