BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Public Schools will now be closed Wednesday, Nov. 23 after originally planning to reopen, the district announced Tuesday.

As a result, BPS’s closure will extend for the entirety of the Thanksgiving week, as they were originally scheduled to be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. The school district was also closed Monday and Tuesday due to the deadly snowstorm that left Western New York impacted by heavy amounts of snowfall.

In a release just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday announcing the reversal, BPS stated: “We heard extensive feedback on our initial decision to open schools tomorrow. In fairness to our parents, staff, and community, we listened to concerns shared and conducted a re-evaluation of the safety challenges facing our students, families, and staff due to the recent historic winter storm and massive snowfall.”

The change of course comes after BPS announced just before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday that it would be open on Wednesday. Six hours later, the decision changed.

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