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Madison Schools Closed on Wednesday; Rossi Addresses Schedule in Open Letter

The Alternative Press Staff

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 • 8:25pm

Updated, 9 a.m.

MADISON, NJ - Madison public schools will be closed again on Wednesday, Feb. 5 for the second time this week. Madison schools also were closed because of Monday's snowstorm. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael A. Rossi Jr. issued the following statement about the school district's response to the spate of bad weather this week:

The purpose of this correspondence is to provide some insight as to the process regarding snow removal, delayed openings and school closings.  As you are aware, we are in the midst of weather conditions that have presented and will continue to present significant challenges throughout the state.  Please be advised that we are using all our resources to manage these conditions.  We, similar to other school districts, have a finite number of individuals and vehicles available to treat snow, sleet and freezing rain.  As you make your way around the Borough you can see the increasing piles of snow that line the roadways.  As you can imagine, the simple volume of snow makes it extremely difficult to provide clear walkways, egress and parking spaces for students, staff and parents.  The only factor that goes into any decisions to delay and/or close school is the safety of your children and our employees.  As you also may be aware we are facing additional challenges with the weather starting this evening, which might continue into next week.  As we move forward we appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation.  We recognize the inconvenience this causes for all of our families.

The Madison Police Department issued this statement Wednesday morning: 

Road conditions throughout the region are very poor. There is a State of Emergency that was declared by the governor due to the weather. State and borough offices are closed for the day.

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