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Hopatcong Middle and Elementary Schools Opening Tuesday

High schools closes shelter Monday night, and may open for school as early as Wednesday, superintendent says.

Hopatcong Middle School and the borough elementary schools will open again on Tuesday after being shut down for two weeks from the damage caused by superstorm Sandy, superintendent Dr. Charles Maranzano said. 

Maranzano said Hopatcong High School will remain closed until further notice, but it is possible the school could open its doors as early as Wednesday. 

All schools had their power restored on Sunday, Maranzano said, but the buses cannot run on Monday because there are still hazardous road conditions outside.

Maranzano said that the schools that are opening on Tuesday will run on full schedules. He said the schools that were originally scheduled to have half-days from Tuesday to Thursday for parent-teacher conferences will have full days instead.

He said the parent teacher conferences will be postponed to either December or January.

"We've got to get kids in classrooms," he said. "That's the objective."

Maranzano said the high school can't open until the shelter is cleaned thoroughly, which could take 1-2 days.

The shelter will close Monday night, after the majority of the borough got power restored on Sunday.

In terms of making up the lost time, Maranzano said he's looking at a few options that will be decided on in the next few weeks.

He said he's in contact with the Commissioner of Education and the Governor's office to figure out the best solution. One of the possibilities Maranzano said he's looking at is to extend the school days so the total instructional hours in the year equals the required 180 days.

"That would help us if we could make up time in terms of equivalent hours," he said. "That's a suggestion that's been tested and used for many years in other places."

The schools would need to have 990 instructional hours by the end of the year to fulfill the requirements. 

"I'm looking for a possibility of extending school days if the commissioner would allow it," he said. "And I would like to do a combination of taking some days away that were planned as holidays or vacation days and trying to use those variables to make up the time."

Kimberly November 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Why make the high schoolers wait until the HS is available? Have you considered doing split sessions with the middle school? Many districts did it during this storm, this way our high schoolers don't have to go to school longer than they have too? Just a thought!!
Kelly November 12, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thank you Hopatcong Patch for keeping us informed.
jazzman November 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
whats the big deal everyone afraid of stepping on people toes,the red cross new that power would be back by monday morning these people over there most im sure are from out of town would love stay until thankgiving with turkey dinners the mayor should have put them up at all fire houses or maybe St Judes,the building in back is perfect place to house them until Thanksgiving
Jessica November 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It's not just moving the people jazzman now they have to clean up everything before the students can go back in. And show some sympathy for human beings. I doubt people wanted to stay on cots in a high school they were there because they needed to be. God forbid you are ever put in such a situation.
Jennifer Reid November 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Boy Jazzman...glad you have power back, but I know there are several families that are still out of power...and with the road closures still going on (Brooklyn Mt Road, and Maxim Drive) it's not safe for buses or for the kids to walk home from school. My idea of Thanksgiving is NOT spending it in a shelter, in the High School or anywhere else, but being in my own home...and who cares if they are from out of town or not...maybe they have NO home to go back to...great way to show some compassion...how about you open your own home for these families who for now still have no where to go.
michelle November 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
QThank you jessica
Amy November 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I heard the high school had bed bugs ? Does anyone know if its true or not ?
Jessica November 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It was a rumor. The high school does not have bed bugs. The mayor released statement yesterday saying there were no bed bugs.
michelle November 12, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Lmao. The mayor. Anything from the mayor I don't believe.. but hear it was a rumor too.
jazzman November 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
they should have been out on Sunday regardless of any Brooklyn mt rd problems.thats what wrong with town there is no leadership,the red cross should have known by the governors Sunday promised time that all service restored,all shelters everywhere in the state have time lines you cant just stay until you think its ok for them to leave,i see the the others school, also shelters, had no problem setting the get out time and they`re opening on Tuesday they need to make other arrangments im only saying that the mayor could find another venue for them,ya know take a leadership role...but again shes afraid to do anything because its all about "making people happy"and of coarse votes. they basically have one day to prepare for opening day Wednesday
Jessica November 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Wow @jazzman way to have human compassion. I hope for your sake you never need anyone to help you. And what other schools where Red Cross shelters that are opening Tuesday?

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