Local School Districts Give Updates

Comsewogue schools still closed, Port Jefferson schools will reopen on Monday and Mt. Sinai status is unknown.

Local school districts sent out messages and posted updates to their websites letting residents know what is going on in light of the power outages and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Comsewogue School District

Over at Comsewogue School District, Superintendent Joseph Rella informed residents that five out of six schools in the district had have power. Norwood Avenue Elementary School was still out without electricity as of Thursday. He also said that the SAT I  and II exams that were scheduled for Saturday at Ward Melville High School were cancelled and will be rescheduled.

“Once power is restored to ALL of our schools, we will have to assess the conditions in our neighborhoods to determine if the streets are passable for the buses and it is safe for students to be walking to their bus stops,” Rella said in a statement on the school’s website.

He also called all staff to report to work as of Monday, with Norwood School employees reporting to the high school if power hadn’t been restored.

He also announced the following:

The Board of Education will meet on Monday in the High School library.  The workshop will be at 7 p.m. and the regular meeting at 8 p.m.

Tuesday is Election Day with no school for students.

Superintendent's Conference Day will take place as scheduled at the High School.

Rella said he was going to update the status of the school every day

“Please be safe,” he wrote.

Port Jefferson School District

Over at Port Jefferson School District, Superintendent Ken Bossert informed residents that power had been restored to all the district’s buildings and that schools will reopen on Monday to allow for the continued clean up and repairs of the area to go on.

He also reported that the SAT exam that was scheduled for Saturday had been rescheduled by the College Board.

“The new test date for those students registered for the Nov. 3 exam will be Nov. 17,” he said. “Port Jefferson will remain a testing center on that new date.”

He also announced that the 6th grade trip to Frost Valley next week had to be cancelled because of the conditions of the campgrounds.

“Many homes and businesses in our community have suffered extensive damage and loss,” Bossert said. “I hope you and your family have remained safe and unharmed.”

Mt. Sinai School District

Unfortunately the Mt. Sinai website and email communications seem to be down. A Mt. Sinai resident reported on Wednesday that the schools were still without power and that there may have been damage to the roof of one of the buildings. We will give an update as soon as more information becomes available.


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