Atlantic, Cape schools reopen; southern Ocean still closed
Almost all schools in Atlantic and Cape May counties are open today, but Southern Ocean County schools remain closed all week as they continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
School officials in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District have also made arrangements to move students to Stafford Township schools if LBI schools cannot open by Nov. 12.
Displaced LBI parents are being urged to notify the district of their new address so that school bus routes can be developed. Information should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Some districts had already planned to close for the full week Nov. 5-9, because of Election Day and the New Jersey Education Association convention in Atlantic City, which has since been canceled.
In Atlantic County Ventnor remains closed all week as part of a previously planned fall break.
In Ocean County several districts remain closed all week including Long Beach Island Consolidated, Southern Regional, Pinelands Regional, Stafford Township, Ocean Township, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor Township.
Southern Regional and Pinelands Regional schools have been serving as shelters for evacuees.
Tuckerton Elementary School has posted a notice on its web site saying it will take donations for storm victims from 8 a.m. to noon daily at the school at 213 Marine St.
Among items sought are warm jackets and sweatshirts, new underwear and socks, blankets, towels and bedding, baby food, formula and diapers, toiletries, first aid items, cleaning supplies, household supplies, and nonperishable food items.
Long Beach Island School Superintendent Karen McKeon posted a letter on the school district web site saying they are hopeful that schools there will open on Nov. 12, but they have made the alternative plans with Stafford if needed. School will still run on normal school hours, including before- and after-school care.
“We are doing everything humanely possibly to get all of you back to some sense of normalcy,” McKeon said in the letter.
The plan calls for students from the Ethel Jacobson School to attend classes at the Oxycocus School for preschool and the Stafford Preschool Learning Center for kindergarten.
Long Beach Island Grade School students in grades three and four would attend the McKinley School and grades 5 and 6 would go to the Intermediate School.
The Stafford Township School District has also posted a notice on its web site that the district will operate Extend Day Services at the McKinley Avenue School this week for district students.
The cost is $30 for a full day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and $15 for a half day from 7:30 a.m. to noon or noon to 4:30 p.m. Call 609 839-9995 for more information.
Contact Diane D'Amico: