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Outages Close Schools for Sixth Straight Day

Impassable roads, lack of electricity cancel classes Monday.

For the sixth straight day, Washington Township Schools and West Morris Regional High School District have announced it will be closed on Monday, Nov. 5, according to the Honeywell instant alert system.

The decision came early Sunday afternoon when it was realized too many roads were still impassable in the township, and power outages remained for residents and school buildings alike.

No decision has been made yet on additional days to be closed.

The Washington Township district has decided, however, classes will be held–if schools are actually opened–Thursday and Friday, despite the calendar previously stating schools would be closed for the New Jersey Education Association's annual convention in Atlantic City. 

The West Morris Regional High School District also announced Sunday that, if conditions were good enough for class to be in session, schools would open for those same days in lieu of the NJEA convention.

Due to Hurricane Sandy's damage along the New Jersey shore, the convention was canceled.

"Although conditions are improving, the majority of residents still do not have power and many major roads are impassable," said Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast. "Additionally, increased vehicle traffic will significantly impede the repair effort to our power infrastructure, further complicating residents’ lives in our towns.  Conditions are still unsafe, especially with an increase in the volume of traffic.

"Conditions continue to improve and I am hopeful that we will be back in school this week," Pendergrast said.

Monday marks the sixth inclement weather closing for area schools, where only four have been allotted. 

GHickler November 05, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Elected officials . . . lol. Who are you talking about? The Mayor? LOL . . .. those guys are just playing politician because they are too dumb and/or ugly to be a politician on a larger scale. There is nothing that thye can do.
Kimberly Bonita November 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Why is everyone perplexed about why some roads are open and some aren't? We had a hurricane. Some things are easier to fix than others. There are other places in the state that are beyond devastated and need attention first.
GHickler November 05, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I'd be shocked if the kids are back to school this week at all, based upon the lack of clean-up that has been done in LV to date.
Ljm09 November 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Kimberly you must be one of the lucky ones who has power and doesn't work and are able to stay home with your kids. I am not as fortunate every day my kids miss of school my wife or I miss a day of work. If you think the have done a good job restoring order in this town your have been living under a rock for the past week. Sorry to be so harsh but let's stop with your rationalization of what is going on.
richie November 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Kimberly, It's not about being perplexed because we have to detour around closed roads in order to get gas for our generators, food or go to work, it's because access for large vehicles(fire trucks/ambulances) is very limited if not impossible in some cases. The town DPW crews were outstanding and had almost every tree across the road removed in our area by the end of the day on Tuesday. The problem is that they are not permitted to touch trees that are on the wires, as per JCP&L that is their responsibility. Sit in your home with your children for a week knowing that first responders may not be able to get to you in case of an emergency. You may even find yourself a bit perplexed.

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