District responds to parents' anger over open schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Buffalo School District is responding to criticism and anger from parents who felt schools should have been closed on Monday.

In a statement posted to the district’s website, officials said, “The district makes every possible effort to keep schools open as long as buses can run. The decision to keep a child home is based on your own discretion and your own circumstances.”

Officials asked parents to be patient as there may be transportation delays.

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie said the district made the decision to keep schools open based on the information they had at the time.

"It was a case of this was going to be a wintry day," Ogilvie said. "There was no report of the secondary streets, it was just going to be a wintry day.

But Commissioner of Buffalo Public works Steven Stepniak said he made a recommendation that the district close school for the day based on the morning weather conditions.

"In these situation, all you can do is recommend the conditions that are out there," Stepniak told 7 Eyewitness News.

"The conditions... there were a lot of snow, and blowing snow, and I stated there would be an issue this morning."

The superintendent says the district will review Monday's event.

After school activities have been canceled in Buffalo schools.

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