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Sunday: Nyack Schools to Decide on Reopening

Some schools still without power.

UPDATE (5:15 PM SUNDAY): The Nyack school district has decided to keep schools closed on Monday.

The district reports that some schools are still without power, and that some area streets remain blocked by down trees and utility lines.

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Every morning at 11 a.m., Nyack Mayor Jen Laird-White is and will be in front of village hall with an update on post-hurricane conditions. On Saturday morning, Laird-White said school officials are going to have a conference call mid-day Sunday to talk about reopening this week.

On Friday, Nyack Schools Superintendent gave an update on the district's status.

"We’re going to try to get our kids back in our schools as soon as possible. The schools is a safe haven for kids, however, we’re experiencing the same difficulties you are in your homes," he said. "The only school (with power)—that came online (Thursday)—is the middle school. The largest problem is Liberty School, which houses downed power lines on the property and like everybody, we’re trying to reach out to Orange and Rockland. We have not heard when they’ll be able to be there."

He added that O&R is in the process of surveying schools in the county.

"My understanding is that they’re trying to make schools a priority so that we can get all of our kids back into schools as soon as possible." 

Since the middle school had power, the district opened up the cafeteria on Friday and Saturday to the public with tables and power strips for those who need to charge or warm up.

"I met (Friday) with all school superintendents and with BOCES superintendent and (Scott Vanderhoef). Rockland County executive and emergency management (say) not to open schools simply because many traffic lights in town are not operational and do not want school busses riding through town through (downed) intersections. We don’t want kids out in these circumstances," he said. "There should be on a conference call at noon on Sunday with the county office of emergency management as to … what the situation is like, improvement and we’ll be calling our parents through reverse 911 in regard to whether or not we’ll be able to open up schools on Monday."

The SATs on Saturday at Nyack HS was canceled because of lack of power and the schools are working with College Board to get those SAT tests rescheduled.

"The state wants schools operational for elections. Schools need to (be open for) 180 days or they lose state aid," he said. "We’re out of snow days and there hasn’t been a drop of snow on the ground."

He said that he’s working with the state on this and working with teacher unions and looking at several dates to open schools, like Veteran’s Day, to make it to the 180 days

Michael Zaretsky November 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
In my opinion if one school is ready with power then open that school - give the kids some place safe to stay - to many kids I fear are being left home alone as parents have to work. No reason why every school has to have the same schedule - if there is heat and light then let the kids go.
willina November 04, 2012 at 01:51 PM
it's too disruptive and dangerous. there is not one school that i know of in nyack or clarkstown that has clear sidewalks without any downed trees or branches. it's not safe enough for an adult, much less a 10 year old to walk to school.
Elizabeth November 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I understand some parents don't have the same choices I do, but I have enjoyed having my kids at home this past week and had rather have them home than in an unsafe,powerless school. Also I am still without power here in Nyack and want them to have a hot shower, a good night of sleep and a hot meal before I send them back. Let's get the power on!!
Angela November 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I agree with Elizabeth. You can get a hot shower at the NYSC in Nyack and you do not have to be a member. I am a member, but they allowed my daughter and mother to shower. They also will charge your cell phone at the desk. I have seen Georgia Power all over Valley Cottage/Nyack area. I hope they are able to restore power before the Nor'Easter on Weds.
Emily November 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
any updates?
Craig S. November 04, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Thanks to Georgia Power for putting things back together in Rockland while O&R is too busy to help us while serving their private contracts in Bergen County
Kim Tran (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 09:53 PM
The mayor said that the schools will decide by 6 p.m.
William Demarest (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
No school on Monday. Nyack Public Schools closed for another day, with some schools still without power and some local streets still blocked by down trees, utility lines.
mike sullivan November 05, 2012 at 12:34 AM
not safe for kids ,but teachers have to go in on monday

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