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Walsh says he doesn’t regret canceling school

Leaving the toasty confines of his City Hall office, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh ventured to East Boston this afternoon to deliver pizza and soda to snowplow and salt truck drivers who have been maintaining city roads during this week’s snowfall.

“It used to be sports; now I watch the weather,” Walsh told the truck drivers after dropping off two large pizzas just before 2 p.m. “I just wanted to come by and say thank you.”

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Anticipating a heavy snowfall, Walsh announced Tuesday that city schools would be closed today.

Only 4 inches of snow fell overnight and the skies have been clear thus far today.

Still, Walsh said, closing schools was the right call.

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“It’s one of those decisions where I took into account child ccare and making sure that families had the opportunity to make arrangements for the next day,” Walsh said. “Today’s a cold day and all it takes is a roadway that might not have been properly treated for a bus to slide and kids get hurt.”

But while he would not have taken back his decision to cancel classes, Walsh said that this week’s snow did lead him to the conclusion that some of the city’s internal cancellation notice systems — including the way that city employees are informed of office closures — need to be updated and improved.

“We’re going to look and see what we can do better,” Walsh said.

Wesley Lowery can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.
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