Decision on schools for Monday will be made this afternoon

A decision on whether to open the public schools on Monday is expected by 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Schools have been closed since last Monday due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy and with power still out, as of Sunday morning, to more than 30% of the town and concerns about bus route and pedestian safety there appears to be a strong possibility that school will be closed this coming Monday as well. The Greenwich Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to Election Day.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said on Saturday that he wanted to see what progress was made in power restoration overnight and not predetermine an outcome before discussing this on Sunday with Superintendent of Schools William McKersie.

Power has been restored to all the school buildings in town, many of which will also double as polling places for the electon. The town’s Director of Parks and Recreation Joseph Siciliano said on Saturday that his department had inspected all the school building campuses and declared them safe for use. Eastern Middle School is currently operating as 24-hour emergency shelter and is expected to as long as residents remain withot power. However, contingencies have already been made to be able to operate the shelter and a full day of classes.

Chief of Police James Heavey said that on Sunday, officers in the department’s traffic section would travel all the bus routes to determine whether the roads are truly open. He said the department would then meet with Mr. Tesei and Dr. McKersie about its recommendation.

Having missed at least five scheduled days, the Board of Education will likely now have to adjust the school calendar so that students attend the number of mandated days by the state. The Post will have full coverage in its Nov. 8 edition.

Check back to Greenwich-post.com and twitter.com/greenwichpost for information about the status of Greenwich school’s on Monday.

 

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