Public schools reopen on Wednesday morning

After more than a week of unscheduled off days, Greenwich’s public schools will be back in session on Wednesday morning on regular schedule.

Cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy have progressed to the point where bus and pedestrian routs have been safely cleared. Power had previously been restored to the buildings and the town had determined that the campuses were safe for use. The expected bad weather for Wednesday is not currently expected to impact the school day.

“Based on consultation with the town’s Emergency Operations Center and Greenwich Police Chief Heavey, the remaining downed lines are all related to communications, not power, all known pedestrian trouble spots are being addressed today, and tomorrow’s storm will bring some snow at roughly 9:00 am and then turn to rain — none of which will be enough to close schools,” Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said. “Therefore we are pleased to announce that schools will re-open on Wednesday, Nov. 7. We ask for patience from all concerned over the next couple of days, as the re-opening of school will no doubt have some rough spots with transportation, phones and Internet, if not other items. While some downed wires remain, the town assures us that they are communications related and not power. However, please err on the side of safety and stay away from any downed wires. It is advisable that you take a ‘dry-run’ of the route your child takes walking to school or the bus stop to ensure that they have safe passage, to avoid any debris that may still exist, and/or to plan an alternate route if necessary.”

There could be changes necessitated to bus routes and Dr. McKersie said that once the town and the district finish their final checks for buses, if it is necessary to adjust bus routes, there will be an announcement later in the day on Wednesday.

All told six school days were canceled as a result of the storm aftermath. Classes were not scheduled for today because of Election Day. Classes will now be held on Monday, Nov. 12 which was supposed to be the observation of Veterans Day. The Board of Education will have a discussion Thursday night about further adjustments to the school calendar.

More coverage will be in the Nov. 8 edition of the Post.

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