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Schools Assess Ability to Reopen

Road access, power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy are factors.

Both Huntington and South Huntington school districts are still assessing whether they can reopen Monday after a week's absence caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Continuing power outages, communications problems and impassabe roads are among the problems facing both school systems.

The Huntington district Friday afternoon cited downed trees and wires as a major factor. Superintendent James W. Polansky said that if classes do resume Monday, Tuesday will be an  instructional attendance day for students. and parent/teacher conferences will be canceled.  Six of the eight district buildings have power; Flower Hill and Woodhull do not.

Polansky said the district will place another district-wide call, probably Sunday, to update parents.

Canceled or postponed because of the storm are:
* SAT/SAT II at Huntington High School postponed to Saturday, Nov.17.
* Driver Education for Nov.3 canceled
* Weekend playoff games postponed, new dates to be announced when released by Section XI
* Huntington High School Open House scheduled for Monday postponed, new date to be announced next week

In South Huntington, school superintendent Dr. David Bennardo said that as of 5 p.m. Friday, power is still out at Maplewood, Silas, Memorial, and the District Office.

The storm's biggest damage was inflicted on Whitman High School, which lost parts of its roof covering 16 classrooms and locker rooms. He said the school's leaders will find alternate spaces if classes resume.

But, citing the same concerns about road access and safety, Bennardo said it was unclear that the district could reopen Monday, but that a decision would be made on Sunday.

Although we hope to be able to safely return our students and staff to school on Monday, we must, of course, be sure that conditions are safe and the welfare of our students and staff is protected," he said.

Canceled or postponed at South Huntington are the SAT exams, rescheduled for Nov. 17.

Weekend playoff games, with new dates undetermined

FMD November 03, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Are you serious, Bill L?? You honestly believe children aren't taught anything of value anymore or are you just an unhappy ignorant jerk?
NK November 03, 2012 at 08:20 PM
It would be nice if Patch reported on some other Huntington area info. Harborfields, which encompasses some of Huntington, Centerport and Greenlawn announced that they are closed Monday and Tuesday. I live next to TJ Leahy and across from Harborfields HS which both appear to have power. But there are still areas without power and still there are trees down making it dangerous to pick up children on top of potential gas shortages for school buses.
Laura November 04, 2012 at 10:09 AM
My son lives in Huntington. Trees leaning against wires. Tree branches with caution tape, you drive like a bridges over head. Traffic lights out.now drivers lined up to get gas clogging the roads. Even if school is open, I would keep them home or drive them myself.
MamaVee November 05, 2012 at 01:08 AM
South Huntington is closed Monday and Tuesday - no kids. Tuesday it may be open for staff. Maplewood still does not have power, Oakwood lost power after it had been turned on,. Roads to schools still not cleared of trees and wires.
MamaVee November 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I may have heard incorrectly but I thought the Gov. said they would waive the 180 day rule. Did anyome else hear that?

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