The schools in Trumbull are to open on Monday despite, as of 1:30pm the day before, 1/7 of the town still being out of power and downed power lines still all over town. Despite that Herbst has lifted Trumbull's state of emergency, presumably to allow residents to participate in Halloween tonight as scheduled by Herbst. At the same time the latest alert still talks of staying away from downed power lines. Halloween trick or treating starts after dark. How are those downed power lines going to be easily seen?
If one person is hurt or dies due to the town rushing to open schools, that is one to many. The schools are not even ready as they only have a limited lunch menu. So what do parents with no refrigerators do? Send the kid in to school with the one non-perishable the school stopped offering: peanut butter? A mass of kids showing up with peanut butter can not be safe for those with a peanut allergy. Opening schools before they are able to properly care for our kids is wrong.
In writing this I do want to give a big thank you to all of the UI and visiting electrical workers, National Guard, police, fire fighters, politicians, reporters, and all other volunteers and emergency crews who put in so much time away from their families through this crisis. We owe you all a great debt.
I write this having just had my power restored. That does not change my opinion that school should not be re-opened and Halloween celebrated until the town is truly safe for all residents.
Concerned Parent and Trumbull Resident
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