Port Chester schools will be feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy for a while longer with some changes to the district calendar that school officials say are needed.
In a message to parents, schools Superintendent Edward A. Kliszus officially welcome the community back to school after a "challenging week." Damaged trees and power lines from Hurricane Sandy left schools without power for a week — along with thousands of homes in Port Chester, where more than 500 Con Ed customers are still without power today.
"Fortunately, the only damage to our schools was to a corner of the roof at the JFK upper building that affects only one smaller sized classroom," Kliszus said. "It has been inspected by our engineer and we are taking steps to have it repaired as soon as possible."
With the loss of class time, the district says there are scheduling changes that are needed:
- Elementary Progress Reports will be issued on Friday, Nov. 16, instead of Friday, Nov. 9.
- Elementary schools will have full regular school days on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 15. All after-school programs will be open both days. There will be no early release for elementary students on Nov. 13 and 15.
- Elementary Parent-Teacher conferences are rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 and 20. All elementary after-school programs are cancelled for these two days.
- There remains an early dismissal schedule for all students on Wednesday, Nov. 21 preceding the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
"We thank you for your patience in these difficult times and urge to you continue your diligence in reminding your children that they need to avoid any possible unsafe conditions that may continue to exist around town," Kliszus said. "Note that some power lines may become energized as work crews continue their efforts to restore power."