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Wayland Schools To Open Wednesday, Superintendent Urges Caution

Superintendent Paul Stein said he's encouraged by the progress in clean-up and plans to open Wayland schools Wednesday morning.

Wayland students will head back to their classrooms Wednesday morning for their first day back since Hurricane Sandy tore through town Monday.

Superintendent Paul Stein announced in a Tuesday evening email that the "steady progress of repairs" led to his decision to reopen Wayland schools on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Schools have been closed since Monday.

Wayland schools had power in time to open for classes on Tuesday, but with more than 20 roads in Wayland blocked by debris, Stein decided to cancel classes for a second day.

In particular, Stein said, a tree blocking Old Connecticut Path and another near the entrance to Claypit Hill School led to his decision to keep students home on Tuesday.

Stein asked parents to heed a few requests when it comes to getting their children back into school on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

First, please avoid and be cautious of any downed wire and treat it is as if it were live.

Second, due to the fact that a number of streets are still blocked, I ask that all parents drive their children to school if they normally walk to school. This will prevent them from coming into contact with any downed wires.

Third, we anticipate that buses will not be able to access certain roads. Without knowing the state of repairs, we can't predict this prior to the morning commute. If, for any reason, you anticipate that a bus would not be able to access your bus stop, I ask that you drive your children to school or to the nearest passable stop on your child's bus route. (You can check your bus route here:  http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/administration/student_transportation/2012-2013_bus_routes/)

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