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Plainview Schools Closed Monday

Still no power at High School, Mattlin: Staff to report to POB Middle School

Plainview-Old Bethpage schools will be closed Monday as many district schools remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview's superintendent, made the announcement late Sunday, citing the lack of power at Mattlin Middle School, Parkway and Pasadena elementary schools.

Lewis convened an emergency session of the Board of Education Sunday after learning unsettling news from the council of Nassau County Superintendents. That group was informed "of the fragility to the infrastructure in bringing all of our schools online prior to a full return of energy resources," Lewis said. "There is a real concern about schools using these scarce resources that might otherwise be needed for first responders."

At least one area school district which had announced it would open Monday changed their mind after that Nassau-wide meeting. Oyster Bay-East Norwich schools announced it would be closed through Tuesday, citing similar safety concerns. More are likely to follow suit.

In addition, Lewis cited ongoing local safety concerns, including impassable streets and inoperable traffic lights as a reason for the decision. Thousands of people in Plainview remain without power one week after the monster storm paralyzed much of Long Island.

The transportation company may also have difficulty staffing their buses with drivers, given the current shortage of gasoline, Lewis said. 

If power returns Monday, the district hopes to have a regular school day on Tuesday. Extra security will be called in so that the district's polling places will be secured. Tuesday is the national election.

"I realize that having our schools closed puts another burden on an already stressful situation, and I apologize for the inconvenience these plans are placing on your families," Lewis said. "Please know that these decisions were made primarily to ensure the safety for all concerned."

Jeff L November 04, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I appreciate the communication that the District is providing, including our impressive new Superintendent. I must say, though, even with my post graduate degree, I am having difficulties understanding, in concrete terms rather than more vague terms, the statement - a full week after the storm--"That group was informed of the fragility to the infrastructure in bringing all of our schools online prior to a full return of energy resources. There is a real concern about schools using these scarce resources that might otherwise be needed for first responders."
Nancy Pallack November 04, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Where will I vote if Mattlin is still closed Tuesday evening?
MG November 05, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Im voting for romney so i guess my vote wont count. A nice commuinication from a novice super. Jeff L the statment, macro in nature for the county wide not just district. With everyone coming online at once it could drain the fragile grid.
Jeff L November 05, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Thank you MG. I hope that what you state, while probably true, is not the statement being made. Previously, Plainview parents were assured that hospitals and schools were the priority. Now, a week later, we are fearful that power to schools could threaten the whole system. That would be a bigger lesson for which we need a true "game plan" to be enacted after this is over for the next storm.
h.hop November 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Where are we suppose to vote if schools do not have power? I will not drive to another school, during the last Presidental Election was confussion with the poll workers what will they do now.....
Cheryl DiGangi November 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Where will we vote?
Richard Diamond November 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Where do I vote if PARKWAY ELEM is not open?

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