Early Dismissal for Ridgefield Schools Monday

Students are going home early due to the weather.

Students in the Ridgefield School District will be going home early due to what the district desctibes as a "wintry forecast for our area." The early dismissal times are:

10:55 a.m. for Ridgefield High School

11:30 a.m. for East Ridge Middle School, Scotts Ridge Middle School

12:05 p.m. for BES, RES, SES

12:40 p.m. BMES, FES, VPES 

According to the National Weather Service: “Total snow accumulations should range from less than an inch along the immediate coastline…to 1 to 2 inches farther inland.”

about the us news report November 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I'm going to offer my two cents here. Cooper posted the following: 1:17 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 According to the US News, Ridgefield is #3 in CT and #226 in the nation. We have already surpassed all but 2 schools in the state. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/connecticut Cooper, for your own sake and the sake of your children, please don't misunderstand the US News rankings. They are not a measure of academic success. They are more a measure of student attendance. Look at Connecticut's #1 and #2 schools according to US News, CIBA and Conrad. Have you ever heard of them? If you look just at academic data for the top 25 Connecticut schools mentioned by US News, CIBA and Conrad rank 24th and 25th. They are at the bottom of the heap. Yet they win the overall prize of being 1st and 2nd for Connecticut in the full US News ranking. This is because the US News ranking system is based not on academics, but on attendance. Ridgefield is ranked #3 by US News. This means Ridgefield had really good attendance at the AP exams. But academicaly... eh.... not so good. So Cooper, don't fool yourself into thinking the US News ranking means Ridgefield has been doing well academically. It would be like having your child come home with all grades being "C" on his report card, and then bragging that your child is doing really great in school because he got a 100%... on his attendance record.
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Sorry to hear that people think being #3 is OK. As for what the bus drivers think about the school closings, I did not realize that this all important constituency was determining whether my child would get an education. We had a chance to have one full week in Novermber without any days off or early dismissal, but we blew it over a total non-event. All sources were predicting less than 1" of snow during the day, the radar was fairly tame and that's what we got - lengthy but meaningless snow showers. By law, all school buses in the state have chains available and frankly there needs to be a lot of snow to make driving a 10 wheel vehicle with chains unsafe. I have lived in Scandanavia, Vermont and Montana as well as spending a fair bit of time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so I am quite certain buses can be handled when there is snow on the road and any driver who is not up to that probably shouldn't be driving a bus on a good day. As for spending time with your own children, I suppose there are those who don't do enough of that but I am not one - I am in fact a stay at home father who spends all day every day with at least 2 of my children. That has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with whether I want the school leadership to set a bad example for my kids by teaching them to fear weather rather than manage it.
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
It is possible to drive safely in the snow. I guess that is shocking to you, but a few irresponsible and inexperienced high school kids should not determine education outcomes for all kids in the town.
Opel November 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
it's not a desire - as someone who participates in the college admission process I find that being from a top ranked school is vital if you want to go to a top ranked school. While I won't criticize the US N&WR rankings, I will point out that other metrics, like CMT results etc, usually put Ridgefield a tad lower. Yes our schools are good, but they need to be great. This isn't about test results either - my problem is the life/coping skills that just aren't being taught.
Keep Studying November 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM
When in college, maybe all Ridgefield students could major in sledding.


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