The Washington Township School District is keeping its doors closed Wednesday and Thursday, and saying Friday "doesn't look promising" to reopen either.
The announcement came just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, when more than 3,900 residences and three of the four schools in town remained without power.
In the Honeywell message, Superintendent Jeff Mohre said:
Following consultation with the Washington Township Police, we regret having to report that little has changed here in the township. As of this morning, 82% of our homes were without power and 3 of our 4 schools remain dark. Downed power lines, trees, and poles continue to require much attention from utility companies.
As a result, school will remain closed both Wednesday and Thursday. Friday does not look promising, but we are hopeful that significant progress can be made. Needless to say, the impending rain storm will most likely hamper the restoration effort.
In addition to closed schools, the district has postponed its parent-teacher conferences, originally scheduled to begin next week, to allow for full school days, Mohre said.
Wednesday and Thursday mark the eight and ninth consecutive days the district has been closed.
A message will be made Thursday afternoon concerning Friday's opening.