Darien Public Schools

Brenner to School Community: Sorry, I Should Have Delayed School [UPDATE: Vilification on Twitter]

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Darien Schools Superintendent Dan Brenner issued a public apology Monday to Darien parents of school children. He said he should have delayed the start of school. ____________
Update: Nasty Backlash on Twitter
Updated at 4:12 p.m.:

Brenner’s 5:17 a.m. tweet about not delaying the school day was met with harsh complaints from parents, including some insults, and complaints often combined with swearing, insults, scorn and vilification from others, most of whom identified themselves as students. Here’s Brenner’s tweet:


Here’s a sampling of the replies to that tweet (we’ve left out the swearing):

Lisa Valentine‏ @lisamillette71 

The heaviest snow is now thru 10a. Bad call.

National Weather Service forecast March twenty 2018

Storm Preview: Spring’s Here, Winter Hasn’t Left

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On Tuesday, the first day of spring, we prepare for a winter storm, in which snow is certain to fall on Wednesday and maybe even Thursday. We may get 13 to 14 inches of snow in this area, the National Weather Service says. Strong winds could bring down trees. The National Weather Service has issued:

— a Coastal Flood Statement: for 1 to 4 a.m., Wednesday: “Minor to moderate coastal flooding Wednesday and Wednesday night” of 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Coasts facing east and north are expected to get the worst of it.

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Darien Schools Still Out on Friday, Town Hall Opens Later

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Darien Public Schools will remain closed on Friday and Town Hall won’t reopen until 10 a.m. Darien YMCA will open as usual at 5 a.m.

Those are some of the opening or closing decisions made in the wake of Thursday’s storm. “The Darien Public Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 5,  2018,” the school district website announced on Thursday. “All activities scheduled are cancelled or will be rescheduled.” The YMCA announced on Thursday: “The Darien Y will be open at 5am as usual.  Youth programs will be on as scheduled except for Holly Pond School and Kids Club which are cancelled due to Darien Public Schools being closed.”

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Tips for Winter Storms: You Might Find Some New Ideas Here or Good Reminders

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United Way of Connecticut has these tips for handling winter snow storms. You know many of them, but you may pick up some ideas or reminders from this (which was last updated in December):

Before the Storm Strikes:
Winter storms and blizzards can cause loss of electricity, heat and telephone service and can trap you in your home for a few days. Have available:

Flashlight and extra batteries
Make sure each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water resistant boots
Extra blankets
Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
Canned food and nonelectric can opener
Bottled water
Extra medicine and baby items
First aid supplies
Healing fuel – fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm
Back up heating source, such as fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
Sand to improve traction
Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water
Make a Family Communication Plan. Your family may not be together when the storm strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another and how you will get back together.

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Snow Storm News Affecting Darien with Continual Updates, Jan 4

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Here’s an ongoing list of news, announcements and advice about the storm. Updates will be posted at the top. For opening and closing information, see this article.  
12:51 p.m. — Tips for handling winter snow storms. You very likely know most of these, but see if you might have missed some. 12:46 p.m. — Eversource now reports (in this area) only 38 customers without power in Norwalk, one in Stamford, one in Weston and only 89 across the entire state — for now.

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Storm Closings, Postponements — and What Remains Open in, Around Darien

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Here’s a list with ongoing updates for what’s open, here’s what’s closed, postponed and changed as a result of Thursday’s storm:

For storm news updates, see this article. CLOSED, CLOSING or POSTPONED

Darien Public Schools
Other schools in town
Darien Town Hall
Darien Library
Darien YMCA
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
Stamford Palace Theater’s performance by Lauren Davidson is postponed from Thursday to Feb 2. Darien Doughnut in Noroton Heights Shopping Center will close at 1 p.m.
Palmer’s Market closed at noon (the store previously announced it would close at 3 p.m.)

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Darien Public Schools

Darien Schools, Preschools, YMCA, Library, Town Hall All Closed for Thursday

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Darien Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, when heavy snow and winds are forecast. Preschools in town, Darien Nature Center and Pear Tree Point School all have a policy of following the school district’s closure decisions. Darien Library will also be closed. Darien YMCA will be closed, reversing its announcement Wednesday night that it expected to open. The Board of Education’s Thursday night meeting is cancelled, the school district announced on Wednesday.