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Contingency Plans for Schools Being Considered

School may be in session on Election Day and next Thursday and Friday.

School district officials are examining contingency plans to have school on Election Day and what were supposed to be days off next Thursday and Friday in an attempt to make up for lost class time as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez cancelled school for Friday; it is the fifth consecutive day school has not been in session in Wayne.

Four days for cancelling school due to inclement weather have already been built into the calendar. Any cancelled days beyond that, including Friday, would be moved from the district’s weeklong spring break in April.

Power has not been restored to several schools, including Wayne Hills and several elementary schools. Gonzalez said Thursday morning that Wayne Valley had power and that the power kept “going up and down” at Lafayette and Randall Carter.

Gonzalez and others are examining turning Wayne Valley into a shelter for residents who would be without power for an extended period of time.

“We’re working with emergency personnel to make sure that we are prepared for any contingencies,” Gonzales said.

By state law, students must attend school for 180 days a year. Governor Christie could lift the requirement by executive order.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and the New Jersey Education Association’s two-day teachers’ conference was to be held in Atlantic City but it was cancelled for the first time in nearly 160 years.

Gonzalez said it is also a possibility that school could be held on those three days as well, but also said that he has “no idea when we’ll be back in session.”

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Potter November 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I agree we should have school on Thursday and Friday but election day seems like a bad idea. People use the schools as polling places and with this being a presidential election there will likely be crowds. Could pose a danger to the kids and make a normal high traffic situation much worse.
concerned parent November 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I do realize the school days need to be made up, but perhaps they should add extra days when there is sufficient time for parents & families to change their plans. MANY of our Wayne friends, ourselves included, have planned travel assuming we would be off those days. It would be difficult and costly to change those plans, and it would be unfair for the students to then be at a disadvantage, having missed those previously-free days of school! PLEASE CONSIDER THIS SCHOOL BOARD!!!!!!! Thank you.
CapturedByRenee November 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The most important thing is to get the town up and running and SAFE. There are gas considerations and school busses use gas, so that is a concern. There are power lines down everywhere, trees down or badly damaged, and roads blocked. The schools should consider the safety of everyone involved. Thanksgiving is a holiday with travel plans made by many. Perhaps the minor days that are off are better served as a make up, although Governor Christie should perhaps shave a few days off of that 180 requirement. My thoughts are, if the children are that behind in scholastics that 170 days of school instead of 180 is going to make a major impact, then we have so much more to address.
Nose Wayne November 02, 2012 at 08:33 PM
KEEP SCHOOL CLOSED !!!!! Still have wires and trees down all over town. Make up the classes in the spring or at the end of the school year.
Katie November 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
School should be open all next week if there is power and safe to travel to and from school. Days need to be made up somehow and this seems like a great solution. At this point we will not be able to have one snow day over the winter.
Worried mother November 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
A worried parent! We still do not have power in Wayne, and we are Not alone!!! We r staying at my mothers's in NY State. I' m so glad you want to keep my children safe and warm in school, but where do they go after for a shower or warm food and heat??? Make up the time when it doesn't add more stress to an already stressful situation!!!!!!

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