UDPATE: With Power Back, Schools Return to Normal Schedule

Ridgewood High School and Willard received power Tuesday night, allowing the district to call off a split schedule.

Update at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday

Power finally returned to all of Ridgewood's 10 schools by Tuesday night, eliminating the need to create a split schedule that would have forced some students to attend classes in different buildings.

"I am happy to inform you that electricity service has been restored at RHS and Willard," Superintendent Daniel Fishbein wrote to parents Tuesday night. "This means we will be able to have a regular school day at all schools tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7th."

Fishbein had originally sent a notice to parents Tuesday afternoon detailing a creative way to allow classes to resume under the assumption power would not return to all schools.

Students at G.W., Glen School, Hawes, Orchard, Somerville and Travell were all initially projected to see a full schedule day on Wednesday, starting at normal times.

But Willard and Ridgewood High School students had been told there was a good chance that for four hours they'd be attending school elsewhere – at Ridge Elementary School and B.F. Elementary School, respectively.

With power returning and facilities in good condition, the plan has been quashed.

Some changes will still be felt. Buses will be picking students up at normal times, but cafeterias are closed this week. The YWCA before and aftercare program will re-open on Thursday.

"Thank you in advance for your understanding and support during this unprecedented experience," Fishbein said. "I think it is great for students to get back to school for a full session. Please be careful traveling."

6:23 p.m. Tuesday

All Ridgewood students will be attending classes on Wednesday, though it certainly won't be a normal day for thousands of displaced students.

Superintendent Daniel Fishbein reported Tuesday that only Ridgewood High School and Willard remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Sandy blew into town.

Citing a need to get kids back in the classroom, Fishbein says the district has to develop a creative plan to address the unique situation. Students from Willard and Ridgewood High School will be shuffled elsewhere – to Ridge School and B.F., respectively.

Fishbein said the plan "accommodates all students," though it could change depending on further power restoration and the Nor'easter set to hit the area on Wednesday night.

"It is important to get our students back into school," Fishbein said, calling safety of students and staff the most "critical" element. "It is more important that we do so in a safe, civil and orderly manner. This plan will work if everyone is patient, understanding and flexible. Please remember that this plan is subject to change."

Normal day for some

Students at G.W., Glen School, Hawes, Orchard, Somerville and Travell will all see a full schedule day on Wednesday, starting at normal times.


Ridge School students will attend classes from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. Willard students will be attending class at Ridge School from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to Fishbein. Willard kindergarten students will be attending classes from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The "Y" before and afterschool programs will not be running this week.


Ben Franklin Middle School students will attend class at BFMS from 7:30-11:30 a.m and high schoolstudents will begin classes at B.F. from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The high school students who drive must park at Graydon Pool and walk to B.F., Fishbein said.

Other changes

Additionally, bussing will be provided to those who normally receive it. There will be, however, no cafeteria service at schools for the rest of the week.

Fishbein asked that students proceed carefully when navigating the area. He cautioned students not to rely on crossing guards, noting that alternate routes may need to be found to and from school.

Students who had to relocate due to the storm and cannot make it back are urged to check Skyward for at-home assignments.

"I hope everyone remains safe as we return to school tomorrow," Fishbein said in closing. "I know that together we will make it through this difficult time and return to normal before we know it. Until then, we have each other to lean on. Don’t be afraid to reach out to offer or ask for help."

big momma November 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Funny how the high school doesn't have lights but the turf field was ablaze with lights for a girls' soccer game today. Maybe we should move the classes to the field! Where are our priorities? Given the emphasis on sports, I think I've answered my own question.
James Kleimann November 07, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Dan Fishbein just confirmed the power just came back at RHS. They still haven't made a final decision as to it opening or not tomorrow. Stay tuned.
KB November 07, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Power came on at Willard about an hour ago!! :)
Bill Connor November 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
James what is Pauls email and cell number again please, We are in Iceburg Mode on Walthery and Wall and its starting to look very Bleek we in a black Cold Hole here in a Hub of 30 down houses with no Power.We have Small Kids too yound for School here and elderly too.Last Nite was 41 degrees in my house with a Fire Burning , PSEG was Called by all the Neighbors and nothing is happening.When Valley has Power the Local Neighborhood is forgotten. Thank You. Bill Connor 138 Walthery Avenue .
tmmrdc November 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Same thing over on Lotte Road, Hempstead and Gardner. Saw three trucks two nights ago. They were there for 15 minutes and left after putting up new caution tape. Now that so many have power, certainly some of PSEG's "4600" people can make it to our neighborhoods!
Bill Connor November 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
There might be some Village Hall work session tonight WEDS at 730 PM as Per Ken Gabberts office Discussion this morning,.TMMSRDC: I am sorry that you and your neighbors are suffereing as well.We need solutions from PSEG- we know its a hard Job- We know we all Survived a major storm the Idea that the Smaller Hubs of Outages will wait is OVER- We are beyond angry
Ridgewooder November 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
This whole power outage thing has lost its novelty and kinda sucks now.
James Kleimann November 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Totally sucks. Agreed.


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