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Port Washington Schools Open Monday

St. Peters will be closed Monday; BOCES closed Monday, Tuesday

Port Washington Public Schools will be open Monday, though St. Peters will be closed Monday, and BOCES will be closed Monday and Tuesday, school officials said.

Parents received an automated call from the school district at 3:52 p.m. Sunday, in which interim Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney said that transportation would be provided but families should expect delays due to road conditions. Staff members were told to exercise judgment, particularly given the current gas shortage.  Carpools are encouraged.

Power was only restored within the hour of the call, Mooney said.

No student will be penalized for missing school Monday, Mooney said.

School officials say they are "assessing this unprecedented situation daily," and express thanks to the community for its patience.

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Cheryl Podolsky November 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
There has been a rumor that the schools will also likely be open on Tuesday (Election Day), but I haven't read any official statement verifying this. Could there have been one, and I somehow missed it?
Adina Genn (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Cheryl, I'm checking. Will let you know.
Joyce Rudnick November 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I was told by someone at Landmark on Main Street's community center information desk that we should all report to our usual elections locations. That was before the announcement was made that the schools were to be open, but they said that if the school was closed, there would be a van outside with the voting apparatus.
Rita Acuna November 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Anyone know if the Polling Place John P. Sousa Elementary School at 101 Sands Pt Rd. in PW will be open for voting on Tuesday 11/6/12? If closed where do we go to vote.
Concerned PW Member November 04, 2012 at 10:07 PM
****ROSLYN SCHOOL SYSTEM IS CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY DUE TO GAS SHORTAGES FOR TEACHERS**** ****MANHASSET SCHOOL SYSTEM IS CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY DUE TO GAS SHORTAGES FOR TEACHERS*** WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE PORT TEACHERS WHICH DO NOT HAVE THE GAS SHORTAGE ISSUES???
Concerned PW Member November 04, 2012 at 10:08 PM
WE NEED A NEW SUPERINTENDENT, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE! WE NEED TRANSPARENCY! WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHERE THEY HAVE POSTED THE JOBS FOR SUPERINTENDENT! THEY SHOULD HAVE THOUSANDS OF APPLICATIONS FOR THEIR $329,000 SALARY!!! WHY HAS THE PATCH NOT DISCUSSED THIS ISSUE? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE! LACK OF TRANSPARENCY....
Concerned PW Member November 04, 2012 at 10:09 PM
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAVE NO ELECTRIC! WE HAVE A MAJOR GAS SHORTAGE! OUR GOVERNOR HAS STATED THAT THIS WILL TAKE MANY DAYS TO ALLEVIATE! WHAT IS THE RUSH TO HAVE SCHOOL?
Concerned PW Member November 04, 2012 at 10:12 PM
HOW CAN YOU ASK OUR SCHREIBER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GO INTO SCHOOL WITHOUT TELLING THEM THE TEACHERS WHICH WILL AND WILL NOT BE THERE? FOR ALL THE PEOPLE IN TOWN WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND, THERE ARE NO SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS IN HIGH SCHOOL. THEREFORE, THE CLASSES GET CANCELED. THIS MAKES NO SENSE! TOTALLY ILLOGICAL! UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT SURPRISED BECAUSE THESE ARE DECISIONS BY OUR POOR-QUALITY, RICHLY PAID, AND POOR DECISION MAKER SUPERINTENDENT! MAYBE SHE IS RELATED TO MAYOR BLOOMBERG????? CALL OFF THE SCHOOLS UNTIL WEDNESDAY WHEN MORE PEOPLE HAVE POWER AND GAS ACCESSIBILITY!
Joyce Rudnick November 04, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I was not aware that people could leave comments without identifying themselves. If "Concerned PW Member" can do so, why can't I?
PW Teacher November 04, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I think having school is a good thing, it will bring back some form of normalcy that has been missing the last week. I have no power, no heat, and just enough gas to get to work -- but I will be there. Sitting at home doing nothing is not helping anyone. I rather be with my students, with other people, doing something good. Schools are also going to provide heat, light, and hot food. How many of our families have been without a hot meal? How about our students who's main meals come from the breakfast/lunches served at school? By the way -- get your facts straight. From Roslyn's website: "Schools will be closed on Monday, November 5. Four schools still have no power, road conditions continue to be unsafe because of fallen trees and power lines..." From Manhasset's website: Schools Closed Monday and Tuesday "Based upon information we have received from local agencies regarding shortages of fuel, continuing infrastructure weaknesses, and advice regarding communication and emergency services, the Manhasset Public Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday." North Shore and Herricks are open as are a number of other districts.
CONCERNED PW-MEMBER November 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM
PW TEACHER@ LOOK AT THE ROSLYN WEBSITE.... IT ALSO SAYS: "fuel shortages are a problem for staff traveling to school." SAME WITH MANHASSET: "regarding shortages of fuel" IF YOU ARE A TEACHER, LEARN TO READ INSTEAD OF TAKING THINKGS OUT OF CONTEXT! THEREFORE, THOSE TEACHERS HAVE ISSUES TRAVELLING, SO WHAT MAKES IT ANY DIFFERENT WITH PW?!? SHORTAGES OF FUEL DO NOT EXEMPT PW!
CONCERNED PW-MEMBER November 04, 2012 at 11:26 PM
@PW TEACHER DON'T TAKE IT OUT OF CONTEXT. IF YOU READ BOTH WEBSITES - THEY MENTION THEIR STAFF AND GAS SHORTAGES! BEING A TEACHER, I WOULD EXPECT YOU TO READ, BE COMPETENT, AND DON'T TAKE THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT. FURTHERMORE, HOW ARE PW TEACHERS SOMEHOW EXEMPT FROM THE GAS SHORTAGES? YOU HAVE FAILED TO ADDRESS THIS!!! IF YOU HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE PRINCIPAL, AS HAVE MANY STUDENTS ON THE PRINCIPAL'S TWITTER FEED, HE STATES THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS!
CONCERNED PW-MEMBER November 04, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@PWTEACHER THEY DON'T HAVE ANY FOOD. IN THEIR EMAILS BY THE HSA - THERE MAY BE NO FOOD SERVICE SO PARENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING IT IN: HERE IS THE QUOTE: WE WILL NEED TO BE MINDFUL AND PATIENT OF STAFF WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO GET TO SCHOOLS DUE TO WHERE THEY LIVE, THE DAMAGE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND GAS ISSUES. THERE MAY BE NO FOOD SERVICE SO PLEASE ASK PARENTS TO SEND FOOD IF THEY CAN"
CONCERNED PW-MEMBER November 04, 2012 at 11:31 PM
iF YOU ARE A REAL TEACHER TELL US YOUR NAME!!!!!
PW Teacher November 04, 2012 at 11:40 PM
They do cite gas shortages, yes, but they also cite other reasons such as buildings not having power and there being structural issues. As for the hot meals, the connect-ed message sent out by the superintendent said that there would be hot meals. I am sure the elementary schools will have food -- I am not aware of the situations at the high school. I also know that many of my colleagues will be in tomorrow as per our own private conversations. I will not be continuing this conversation. I just wanted to share reasons why school might be a good thing for our students, especially the youngest ones. Stability and a normal schedule is comforting to younger kids. For many of these kids, it will be great to see their friends, get out of their houses, and be able to do something other than sit around and be bored/stir-crazy/depressed about the situation. I am not sure why you are fighting with me. I was just trying to be positive -- and trust me, that is difficult when my own home power/heat situation is not ideal right now. However, we need to get our lives back to normal and this is part of it. I also hope that you are not a high school student who is just upset that you have to go to school tomorrow. Please think of other viewpoints before you post such negative comments.
HelpfulinaCrisis November 04, 2012 at 11:45 PM
perhaps students who have power should stay home tomorrow. families who live in houses with no power should go in because i am told it is warm and they have electricity power at the school.
HelpfulinaCrisis November 04, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Teachers used to teach about conservation. If gas lines are hours long maybe people should stay home instead of driving to work and schools. Also this would leave the roads clearer for emergency workers and gas trucks.
Concerned pw parent November 05, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Hi! Does anyone know who to call or complain to. Which idiot made the decision to put teachers, parents, and students lives to become compromised. Do they not know that homes in Port still don't have power or that they are live wires on the ground for kids who walk to school. People can't get gas to get to work or take their kids to school. The person who made this decision are we sure they should be running our school district?? Or did they get the teaching and management degrees from a gum ball machine. Its sad that kids are going to high school tomorrow maybe if your lucky for one or two classes. Nice to know our kids (highschool) will be wondering the hallways of school and playing cards in the cafeteria or walking on the streets of Port. Just a very stupid decision! Vote them out!!!!!!! Port Needs a change!
Jonathan Schechner November 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Attention @CONCERNED PW-MEMBER...The key on your keyboard between [shift] and [tab] is [caps lock]. Why all the shouting? You're complaining about transparency and ask @PW Teacher to reveal his/herself, yet you hide behind your Patch-Alias. Also, I think you underestimate the dedication of PW Teachers, some of the finest, and most caring teachers on LI. I should know, I'm an alumnus of the PW School system. And if you don't like how things are run in our school system, I can appreciate your frustration. I suggest you run for school board, in the last few years many candidates have run unopposed, if you want to/think you can do a better job, I think you should! The Superintendent's message also said that students will not be penalized for not attending school, meaning that she understands, respects and honors that some parents will want to keep their children at home. However, you choose to make up your own facts and/or only look at facts that support your point (no doubt who you're voting for on Tuesday).
Dawn Andrew November 05, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I understand everyone is upset about the situation. I will not have power, electricity or anything until at least next Friday, yet I am sending my kids to school. They are better off in school than at home, but that is my choice. I fully understand if people wish to keep their children home. The schools are doing the best they can at this point. From what I understand they are not holding absences against the children. so no one is required to go. I have lived here for almost 11 years and have not seen anything like this. People have lost so much in this storm, homes, children, businesses and pets. I am thankful I at least have the option of sending the kids to school. At least the building is still standing and our kids made it safely through the worst part of the storm.
Why all the complaints November 05, 2012 at 11:13 AM
There are soo many people in New York and New Jersey who have lost everything. Why do you feel that sending your children to school is something gives you a reason to rant. By complaining about the good intentions of the school district you are sounding like a very selfish person.
Ronni Aronow November 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Just spoke to superintendents office and they said a call will be going out soon but it looks likes school will be on tomw
Adina Genn (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thanks Ronni! Hope you are faring ok...
Terri Lerner-Frey November 07, 2012 at 11:16 PM
How about telling us your name! Our superintendent is doing a fabulous job under very difficult times.

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