Framingham students return to school tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Reverse 9-1-1 calls went out to the homes of the 8,000+ students.
The call tells parents Hemenway and Potter Road elementary schools have no power and that students not taking the bus should be driven to school, as there are still many wires and trees down.
"Due to the extensive number of downed tree limbs, there may be some live wires throughout the community that may be dangerous. It is the recommendation of the Framingham Police Safety Division that any students not being bused to school should be driven by parents or caregivers," said the reverse 911 call.
Hemenway and Potter Road are both operating on generators, but that means no lights and no hot lunch. A cold lunch can be purchased.
Students in grades 1-12 will be taking the buses in the morning. School administrators are recommending students be at the bud stop at least 10 minutes before the designated time.
The school system has a new bus company overseeing the bus and as many as one-third of the bius drivers are new.
Construction in town will continue but in some locations, the town and school leaders made a decision to delay the start of construction until 9 a.m.
The worst area is likely to be Barbieri Elementary School neighborhood. The school was building an extra driveway to alleviate the parking lot issue on Dudley Road at pick-up and drop off but it won't be redy for a couple of weeks, said School Business Director Ed Gotgart. He estaimted the new driveway, which will "alleviate a problem" should be ready in a couple of weeks.
Adding to the existing problem, is that the state has closed the Fountain Street Bridge since school got out in June, adding more traffic congestion to the Fountain Street/Dudley Road area.
As of this morning, other than the power outage at Hemenway and Potter Road elementaries, the school department had no reported wind or water damage from the storm.