Danbury-area schools dismiss early Wednesday with 1 to 2 inches of snowfall expected in city

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Several Danbury-area school districts dismissed early on Wednesday as a few inches of snow are expected to fall.

Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Sherman, Region 12, Region 15 will let students and staff go home early.

The National Weather Service predicted a weak low pressure system will drop up to 3 inches of snow in parts of the state. In Danbury, between 1 to 2 inches is possible, according to the weather service.

Light, wet snow was expected to fall Wednesday morning and could become moderate at times in the mid-morning into the afternoon, the weather service said. Evening commutes could be hazardous, but the snow is expected to stop mainly before 8 p.m.

Danbury Emergency Management Director Matthew Cassavechia said the city is running through its normal snow preparedness routines as the fat flakes fell on Wednesday morning.

The snow projection is light, with most melting as soon as it hits the ground. But the city is ready.

“It doesn’t seem one that you really have to gear up for,” said Mayor Dean Esposito after the official opening of the renovated emergency operations center at City Hall.

The city is not expecting the snow to cause a high-impact situation, Cassavechia said, “but if it does, we have people at the ready.”

“We’re always prepared,” Esposito added.

Danbury “early” elementary schools dismissed at 11:50 a.m., while “late” elementary schools dismissed at 12:20 p.m. Middle schools went home at 11:10 a.m. The high school dismissed at 10:30 a.m. The Early Learning Program and after school sports and activities were canceled. Wednesday’s school board meeting was held on Zoom.

Bethel schools already scheduled early dismissal day for professional learning. Expecting heavier snow around 1 p.m. the district switched to its early dismissal for emergencies schedule. The dismissal times were: 11:05 a.m. for Bethel High School, 10:55 a.m. for Bethel Middle School, 11:50 a.m. for Rockwell, Johnson and Berry elementary schools, and 10:20 a.m. for Circle of Friends.

The Sherman School had an early dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

New Milford High School and Schaghticoke Middle School dismissed at 11 a.m. Sarah Noble, Northville and Hill, and Plain Elementary dismissed at noon.

Newtown canceled its scheduled professional development and moved to a three-hour early dismissal.

For Region 12 schools, Reach Preschool dismissed at 10 a.m.. All elementary schools dismissed at 12:15 p.m., and Shepaug Valley School and Shepaug Valley Partnership dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

In Region 15, Pomperaug High School let out at 10:30 a.m. The middle schools dismissed at 11:05 a.m. Elementary schools dismissed at 12:05 p.m. Preschool dismissal was 10:30 a.m. The after-school program was canceled. No lunch was served.

Dismissal times for New Fairfield Public Schools vary and were available on the district’s website.