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Some Mass. communities cancel school Thursday as storm cleanup continues

Waves crashed over the seawall at Brant Rock in Marshfield on Wednesday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Some Massachusetts public school systems will remain closed on Thursday as communities recover from a punishing nor’easter that caused hundreds of thousands to lose power, and downed trees, power lines and closed roads, necessitating school to be canceled on Wednesday.

Carver, Whitman-Hanson, Marshfield, Duxbury, Plymouth, Stoughton, and Brockton school districts will be closed on Thursday due to lingering storm damage, the school districts announced.

Cohasset public schools will also be closed Thursday, police said on Twitter.

On Cape Cod, additional school districts are announcing cancellations for Thursday, including Dennis-Yarmouth, Nauset, Truro, Barnstable, Falmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy, and Sandwich. Upper Cape Cod Technical Regional School in Bourne has also cancelled school for Thursday.


Elsewhere, on Cape Ann, Rockport schools, which were closed Wednesday, will reopen Thursday after power was restored to the town’s two school buildings, Superintendent Rob Liebow said in a statement.

Schools in neighboring Manchester-by-the-Sea, where power was out for much of Wednesday, officials will wait to see if power is restored on Thursday to determine if school will be in session, the school district wrote on Facebook.

“If necessary, school closure notifications will go out in the morning,” the post said.

Stonehill College in Easton closed its campus and canceled in-person classes for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday because of an outage there, the college said on Twitter.

Stoughton Public Schools superintendent Thomas Raab said in a statement that some schools within the district are still without power, leading to the decision to close schools for a second day.

“I have spoken to town leaders and we do not have an estimate as to when power might be restored. While some of our schools have generator power; others do not,” he said in the statement. “Our schools cannot open safely without power.”

Raab also said the district’s voluntary COVID-19 pool testing will not take place this week due to the cancellations.


Earlier Wednesday, school districts scrambled to notify parents that schools would be closed, due to the storm that generated a 94-mile-per-hour gust in Edgartown and did not fade away until later in the day.

“Due to widespread power outages and downed trees, the Brockton Public Schools will be closed today,’' the system announced on its homepage Wednesday morning.

The state’s largest school district reported only limited impacts from the storm, and classes were held at the vast majority of the Boston Public Schools facilities, a spokesman wrote in an e-mail. Xavier Andrews wrote around 10:30 a.m. that TechBoston Academy and BTU K-8 Pilot School both lost power and dismissed early.

“For TechBoston, their 10 a.m. dismissal today is an hour earlier than their regular 11 a.m. dismissal on Wednesdays,’' Andrews wrote. “The Carter School briefly lost power but the power has been restored. BPS has communicated with families about the early dismissals and buses are arriving to transport students who regularly ride the bus home.”

Stoughton Public Schools initially said doors would open two hours late, but conditions in the town were worse than expected and the system changed course at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

“Due to power outages and tree damage throughout Stoughton, our schools will now be closed TODAY, Wednesday, October 27, 2021,’’ the system announced. “All school offices will be closed as well. Please disregard the previous delayed opening message and stay safe.”


Milton public schools also initially planned a delayed opening Wednesday, but within hours canceled school altogether. And so, too, did UMass Dartmouth, which earlier said it planned to hold classes at 11 a.m. but has since closed for the day to all nonessential employees.

Marshfield, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, Plymouth, the Blue Hills Regional High School, and schools on the Cape in Truro, Dennis, Chatham, and Harwich all canceled classes Wednesday. On the North Shore, the Manchester Essex Regional School District is also closed.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Katie Redefer can be reached at katie.redefer@globe.com.