Village Schools Open Wednesday, Potentially on 'Alternative Schedule'

Depending on the power situation, a split schedule could mean students spend a half-day at school this week.

With seven full days lost thanks to a storm named Sandy, Ridgewood Superintendent Dan Fishbein Monday announced that village schools will be opening on Wednesday.

Depending on the power situation, a unique "alternative school schedule" could be set up.

In a letter addressed to parents Monday, Fishbein said the less than "ideal" schedules are a necessity due to the unprecedented storm.

According to the tentative plan, the split sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"All students will be assigned to attend either the morning or the afternoon session on each day that a split session is necessary," Fishbein wrote.

Further details of the schedule, along with locations, will be made public on Tuesday, he said. The schedule is subject to change based on PSE&G's progress. As of 9 p.m. Monday night, RHS, B.F., Willard and Travell were without power.

The detailed schedule and locations will be made public on Tuesday, November 6, but will be subject to change based on progress made by PSE&G, Fishbein said.

"Although these interim learning conditions and schedules may not be ideal, I believe that we have come up with a plan that reflects the best way to get students back into the classroom under these unique circumstances," Fishbein said Monday. "I know that you share my concern about our students losing any more school days that will have to be made up at a future date. It’s also important for everyone’s well-being that we attempt to resume our routines as best as we can."

Bus services are not scheduled to run, although special education students will receive transportation. Lunches also will not be served, Fishbein said. Principals will determine if students should bring snacks.

Additionally, the "Y" before and afterschool care programs in the schools will not be open.

Stay tuned Tuesday for more details.


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