Newark School Will Reopen Nov. 7
Just 38 of 75 schools have power, according to superintendent
Newark Public Schools will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 7, officials have announced.
Schools in Newark will also be open Nov. 8 and 9, after the New Jersey Education Association Convention for teachers and administrators in Atlantic City was canceled Thursday.
School-based personnel are being asked to report to buildings Nov. 5. The district's central office and schools will be closed Election Day Nov. 6, as previously planned.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, only 38 of 75 schools in Newark currently have power, according to Superintendent Cami Anderson. She said schools sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Sandy.
"I'm pleased to report that since we were spared rainfall, the actual long-term damage to buildings is quite minimal," she said.
SAT testing is canceled this weekend and will be rescheduled for a later date, said Anderson.
Families with special education students will be contacted by the Office of Special Education regarding school plans.
"Families can do things to support learning at home," said Anderson.
A suggested list of learning exercises for children, including problem solving and current event activities, is located on the school district's website.
School officials said Friday the hope is that all buildings will be open next week. However, in the event that schools are still without power, students will be sent to a "sister school." Parents will be alerted by officials about this as the situation progresses.
Four district schools are being used to assist Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Hot meals will be served at West Side High School (403 South Orange Ave.), Malcolm X Shabazz High School (80 Johnson Ave.) and Samuel L. Berliner (70 Montgomery St.).
John F. Kennedy School (311 South 10th St.) is housing residents in need of shelter.
Any residents with school-based questions should call the city's non-emergency hotline at 973-733-4311.