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Fort Lee Schools To Close Monday And Tuesday, ‘Hopeful’ For Wednesday

Officials say they’ll have to re-assess the situation, as Wednesday gets closer. They’re also hoping to have school Thursday and Friday since the NJEA cancelled its convention.

School officials announced Sunday that all Fort Lee public schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, and that they hope to be able to open on Wednesday, which is far from a certainty.

Superintendent Steven Engravalle told Patch that “while we apologize” to those people who were concerned that they hadn’t heard anything until Sunday, “there was nothing to update anyone on, as nothing had changed.”

He also said school officials had a Sunday Noon deadline to make a decision about school on Monday—Tuesday was already scheduled as a day off because of the election—and that he wanted to hold off as long as he possibly could to see if schools could possibly open Monday.

“We still have no power at the high school; we don’t have a timeframe even of when that’s going to be restored,” Engravalle said Sunday. “We are hopeful to open on Wednesday, but we need to re-assess the situation, obviously, as we get closer to that date. We are hopeful, and it is our goal, to be open on Wednesday and hopefully for the rest of the week to make up some days.”

If it does work out to re-open schools on Wednesday, school officials hope to have school on Thursday and Friday as well.

Those days—Nov. 8 and 9—were scheduled to be off days because of the Teachers Convention, but the damage left by Sandy forced the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) to cancel its convention in Atlantic City last week.

“I’m going to be talking to my teachers’ association because I’d like to open Thursday and Friday in accordance with the governor’s recommendation now that the teachers association cancelled their convention,” Engravalle said. “But I do want to discuss that with them first, obviously, and I’m sure they’ll be understanding.”

The closure Monday and lack of power at the high school also means that the Fort Lee Board of Education’s special meeting scheduled for Monday evening is also cancelled; the school district’s central offices will also be closed.

“Always our intention is to make the best decision possible with the most information possible, and so while some school districts [announced closures for this week] last Friday, I didn’t want to do that because it’s our goal to get kids back in school and learning, and back to as normal a routine as possible as quickly as possible,” Engravalle said.

Paul Umrichin November 05, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Before the pitchforks come out and the torches are lit think about it... Only 3 schools have power at this point. They had to wait until this point to decide because they didn't know what the power situation was going to be. Had power been restored then the other issues would have to be considered. Before the board gets crucified here keep in mind they want the kids in school but it's just not feasible tomorrow. We can only hope for Wed.
John Doe November 05, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Wednesday at the earliest. The whole week could be wiped out again with the snails pace pseg is working. Oh well
Corey B November 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Let's hope they have school wed- fri... But remember the safety if our children is always first!
LGW November 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I wonder why Fort Lee did not implement a 1/2 day system for the kids like the town of Tenafly did. It is extremely upsetting for me as a parent to think there will be almost a whole week more of missed school. The town should be pressing PSEG to get the schools functioning. The kids NEED to get back into routine and parents NEED to get back to work, instead of scrambling to find care for the children last minute. And schools should definitely be open on Thursday and Friday. No exceptions; this is not the time for days off/ vacations.
Paul Umrichin November 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM
LGW - there is more to it than that. They have no food and need a delivery since they have to throw out whatever they have. Tomorrow is a holiday anyway, the teachers union needs to approve Thursday and Friday. And by hearing what some of the teachers are saying they want to go back to school. I am sure they will have school Wed now that power is back at all schools. The repairs to school 3 are hopefully minor enough to have fixed by then. Not everyone has power back yet either. The south end is still out as of when I left for work this morning including at least 3 high rises with a lot of kids. My kids can't wait to go back to school cause they are bored. I have confidence that Wed through fri will be good.
DBL November 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Paul says that "power is back at all schools." Not at the High School which has NO power!
Paul Umrichin November 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I apologize I didn't realize that the high school didn't still. I was told all were on as of late last night.
Paul Umrichin November 05, 2012 at 08:22 PM
http://fortlee.patch.com/blog_posts/help-needed-for-seniors
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