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Schools Create Alternate Plan for Monday Classes

Bus routes to be impacted, students from Old Farmers to attend Kossmann facility.

Washington Township Schools administrators have devised a plan to get all students in town to class Monday morning, despite only three of the facilities operating as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

Long Valley Middle School, Benedict A. Cucinella School, and Flocktown-Kossmann School are all currently fully operating, while 1,497 residences remain in the dark midway through the weekend.

"As noted (Friday), we plan to have all children attend school on Monday, November 12," Schools Superintendent Jeff Mohre said via the Honeywell alert issued Saturday afternoon. "If power conditions improve further during the weekend, we will alter our plans accordingly and inform everyone immediately."

The contingency plan issued by the district Saturday excludes Old Farmers Road School, as it is still without electricity. Students attending Old Farmers Road School will instead attend class at the Kossman building. This is also where before and after care programs will be held for those students.

Kossmann students will attend class at the Flocktown building, where all five grades (K-5) will be housed. 

In the document explaining the plan, Mohre asks that all students and parents be to their bus stops for pick-up and drop-off 10 to 15 minutes early.

Because of Hurricane Sandy's impact, the district's schools were closed for two full weeks. The school calendar allotted four inclement weather days, but because of the lack of electricity, 10 have been used.

To read the plan in its entirety, click on the PDF document attached to this article.

An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated there would be no after-school activities at any of the schools. 

Scott November 11, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Why are Old Farmers children being crammed into Kossmen? When Cuciennella is so much larger? And has the room to accomadate them better?
Domino November 11, 2012 at 03:47 AM
The real question is, why did mayor Ken Short abandon his community yesterday to go on vacation in Aruba? And why did vice-mayor (invisi) bill roehrich also leave town? These two were just re-elected. In a time of crisis, when residents are cold, without power and miserable; they left. This is leadership? Are you kidding?
LVmom November 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Being that November 8 & 9 were already scheduled days off, didn't we only use 8 inclement weather days? Not 10?
WTHeck November 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM
@domino - I heard the same thing yesterday. I am wondering why this isn't in the headlines!
lvresident November 11, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The Mayor of Tewksbury, who happens to be an alumni of WMC is on conference calls several times a day with JCP&L and updates her Facebook page hourly with progress. I have been reading her posts to stay informed on JCP&L, If you have Facebook, goto Tewskbury Town page and you can read some facts. I am so disgusted to hear that our Mayor is on vacation at this time.
denise November 11, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I wouldn't have voted for him if I knew he would leave for a vacation! Paid or not paid, to not be out there at the donation centers handing out water and available information is where our town officials should be as leaders of our community .... Domino, if this is true , he should be kicked out
Jersey November 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
That is appalling if true (that the mayor is in Aruba). To the editor (Jason, you there?) - if this site really is a news site, that should be the top headline story right now. I cannot even wrap my head around how a mayor could leave his town in this condition to get some fun in the sun. I am on day 14 of no power so excuse me for being FURIOUS at this one.
concerned citizen November 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The mayor and Bill Roehrich were both in town hall on Friday.
Jersey November 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I hope so. This can't be a very hard rumor to prove/disprove, which is why I'd like to hear from a source other than a random comment from a reader. Do we know he's in town today? Has he issued any updates since the one a few days ago? I havent seen any. Regardless of the vacation rumor, communication from the Mayor's office has been underwhelming. Other towns have been updating town Facebook pages daily, emailing citizens daily, tweeting, etc. Maybe I'm just missing something....
John November 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Words cannot describe the "disappointment" I feel toward the leadership in this town. Bill and Ken may have been in the townhall Friday but my calendar says it's Sunday. We haven't heard a thing from them. Day 13 ! Mr Mayor I hope you are enjoying yourself. It will be difficult for you to look your citizens in the eye when you return.
Lucretia G. November 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I don’t know if any of these criticisms I’ve been reading about the mayor are true, but it just seems to me that it would be far more productive for those with all the answers to lead the charge to aid the town rather than to sit around rebuking the TC on Patch. If you’re certain YOU could restore power to this town, in God’s name, DO IT!!
Jersey November 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Lucretia, I don't think anyone is saying the mayor or committee members should be out on the roads fixing the lines. The criticism is that there has been a terrible lack of communication.
denise November 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I believe everyone deserves a vacation ..... But timing is everything, and as an elected town official we expect our leaders to represent us, and I didn't see any news story about our mayor out there talking to residents at the shelters or passing out free cheese sandwiches at the town hall.... I took in a displaced resident even in my time of need without power until yesterday and my husband helped everyone he could cut trees off roofs and hooked up generator for elderly couple as a volunteer.... I seriously will suggest we find out what our officials did or didn't do and outline what we expect if we allow them to stay in office..... This was a time to find out what we are made of and even if that vacation cost 10 grand, and he had no vacation insurance, which I doubt because he's been an insurance salesman forever, let the vacation go, or we will let you go. We need the truth. What did they do to get their hands involved in this town crisis????? We need the truth and deserve it.
In_the_dark November 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The mayor is presently in Aruba on vacation. This is why his communications have gone from almost none to none since Friday. I also believe that the vice-mayor is out of town.
WTHeck November 11, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I was informed of the trip by a reliable source. He too was appalled the trip was not postponed. Dave Kennedy gas been out checking on progress with the crews in town. Trying to keep residents informed. But he is only one person and not the mayor... After this, he should be!!!! He has done more than all the elected officials here in town together. Keep up the good work Dave!
tracy November 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
There are no crews anywhere near the Califon portion of town which has been forgotten. JCPL just told me "trying" to restore power by tonight. Yeah right. So I guess that means no power....again. And of course no one in town to oversee work gets done because our township offices are closed for the holiday tomorrow. This is unreal! And then to hear the mayor skips town...is he for real when half his town is without power and the school situation is unresolved.
Jersey November 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Tracy, we just learned that the lights are on on Beacon Hill near West Valley Brook. Fingers crossed.
denise November 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Some of the power guys are doing triple time because there just wasn't enough men hired here.... One guy my hub talked to hasn't been home in a month, so they are under stress too... They appreciated the beverages and food , but mostly the pat on the back for trying to help... I ant their fault their bosses didn't have better prepararations...these guys from Tennessee and Ohio! Crazy far to help us and are exhausted ....if u see them give them a little humanity and it may go a long way because we still need them!theyre the ones that deserve a vacation when this is over! Does anyone know about the highschool yet??? No plan there?
tracy November 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Thanks jersey. Was just home, no power. Saw a tree person on beacon but then they still need poles and wires. I'm not holding my breath!
einaphets November 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
High school open Monday , November 12th!
Amy Hayes November 11, 2012 at 06:20 PM
It seems that all the power trucks are currently in our driveway. We were told that the main line on West Valleybrook isn't "hot" yet but maybe tonight.
Jersey November 11, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Sorry to hear that, Tracy. Good luck! At least they've removed the big trees, one bad section of lines left to tackle. Turtleback is supposedly fixed - no more wires down - but they are waiting for some reason to turn on the power. Permission? I don't know.
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