Schools Plan to Reopen Monday

Butler, Bloomingdale schools announced opening, while Kinnelon tentatively plans to open as well.

After one week of closures, both the Butler and Bloomingdale school districts will open to students on Monday. Kinnelon schools will tentatively reopen Monday as well, with a final decision slated to be made mid-day Sunday. If Kinnelon schools open, they will be on a 90-minute delayed opening.

Earlier Saturday, the school district said the Kinnelon schools will not reopen at the start of the week because of "unforseen difficulties that make this impossible," according to school officials. The district told parents that because of continuing road closures, power outages and staff shortages, the schools will be unable to open Monday. Additionally, the Kinnelon district was concerned about gas.

"We currently have no information as to the availability of diesel nor when we will receive diesel deliveries to run our buses," the district said on its website.

But at 4:30, the district sent a message to all parents through the Textcaster system saying the Kinnelon schools planned to open.

"Bus fueling remains a concern for the entire week as does getting staff into schools with the current gas availability problems we are facing across the state," the district said. "Due to continued concerns about fueling busses, we will make a day-to-day decision about Tuesday and Wednesday."

The Kinnelon Board of Education will have a special meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the Kinnelon High School auditorium to discuss school openings for the following days, including Thursday and Friday, when students were scheduled to be out of school during the teachers' NJEA convention.

Butler Public Schools will, however, open on a regular schedule Monday. Superintendent Mario Cardinale said a limited lunch menu will be available to students and staff members.

Butler schools will also open on Thursday and Friday, when students were originally expected to have two days off.

"If these make-up school days conflict with unalterable family plans, please contact your school principal next week," Cardinale told parents.

Bloomingdale Public Schools will also open all of next week, according to a school secretary. The lunch menu will consist of pizza at all schools on Monday and Tuesday and menu information for the following days will be sent out to parents on Tuesday.

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Diane DiGiuseppe November 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Kinnelon Schools will most likely reopen Monday on a 90-minute delay and limited bus stops. Please continue to check for updates at www.kinnelonpublicschools;org
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Thanks! I just updated the article to reflect that.
Thomas Greco November 04, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Arianna, you cite "staff shortages" as an input into determining whether Kinnelon schools will be open Monday. I am a staff member, and I can assure you that we were not contacted about availability for Monday, November 5. Perhaps one or two people of a couple of hundred might some unique conditions preventing them from being at work, but teacher attendance levels in Kinnelon are very high, and there is no reason to think Monday would be any different. Who was the source of this information?
Lisa Ryerson November 04, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Everyone needs to realize that yes the children need to be in school but we all don't have the resources for that. Alot of people don't have power, gas, and cleared roads ways to get to were we need to go. You are chancing the safety of all for this decision. I drive a school bus for Kinnelon Schools and my first thought was safety which is what I think everyone forgot about. Why don't we just wait for all are resources to come back. Meaning power, gas and safe driving conditions.


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