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Early dismissals ahead of Nor'easter prompt mixed reactions

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To close or not to close.  That was the question school superintendents across western Massachusetts faced once again with this latest storm.

While many schools went with an early dismissal, not all parents agreed with the call - Nor'easter or not.

Students in West Springfield and beyond were out early for this latest batch of winter weather.

Some parents said that it's for the best, while others - even students - are wondering why they got out early in the first place.

"The kids can get a good education and they can learn more.  I think they jumped the gun a little bit too soon," said Cathy Idema.

Idema was picking up her freshman grandson Wednesday morning, though she had no plans to until the dismissal came about.

"Today, I wasn't supposed to pick him up and I had an appointment that I just had to cancel," Idema added.

Dozens of schools went with an early out across the Pioneer Valley today before the storm was at its worst.

Some schools in the hilltowns closed all together. 

Superintendents told Western Mass News that the decision is consistently the toughest they have to make because you will likely never get everyone to agree.

The early dismissal gets West Springfield high school kids out at 10 a.m., the middle school at 10:30 a.m., which is slightly earlier than most schools in western Massachusetts, which are typically out at 11 a.m.

There are those against it and then there are those like Xeimirillys Burgos, whose niece just arrived from Puerto Rico where she's never seen snow.

"It's a big challenge for her, but she loves it.  She loves school and she loves the new weather for her," Burgos noted.

As much as her niece loves western Massachusetts and it's snow, she came at a time when her home country has been torn apart.  For safety alone, she did not want to take any chances with the weather today. 

"She told me this morning 'I don't want to go to school.'  I said no, you have to go to school.  You have to learn," Burgos said.

Schools across the region said that they will continue to monitor weather conditions and make the decision for Thursday with student safety in mind, as soon as they can. 

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