Crisfield: Hartshorn and Glenwood Closed
Other schools have limited busing, delayed openings and parents are encouraged to carpool; absences will be "excused."
November 2, 2011
Dear Community Member,
This is the second of two updates on how the schools are responding to the surprise snowstorm this past weekend.
Things are getting better in the township, but clearly not to the point where we can operate on a “normal” basis. Certain areas remain a concern, so we have devised an approach that maximizes what opportunities we have without putting anybody in harm’s way. Believe me when I say this has been a complicated and difficult process.
Here is the plan for both Thursday (11/3/11) and Friday (11/4/11) for the Millburn schools. Please read the below information carefully, as it’s involved and different for individual schools:
- High School and Middle School will be open, with modified busing service (see below), operating on a delayed opening basis (i.e., two hour delayed opening for students—staff will be in one hour prior—see below).
- South Mountain and Wyoming will be open, with normal busing service, operating on a delayed opening basis (i.e., two hour delayed opening for students, one hour delayed for staff).
- Deerfield will be open, with NO busing service, operating on a delayed opening basis (i.e., two hour delayed opening for students, one hour delayed for staff).
- Glenwood and Hartshorn will both be CLOSED on both Thursday and Friday (regardless of whether or not power can be restored).
We are acutely aware that this plan is not ideal for many Millburn families, and we apologize in advance to those families for whom this really doesn’t work. In the end, we are trying to do what is best for our school community as a whole.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable with any of the above arrangements, by all means do what is best for your family. To that end, all absences in the next two days are automatically deemed “excused” (we just need a parent to please call to verify the absence). Other important notes are as follows:
- PLEASE CARPOOL as much as possible if you are at ANY of the five schools open and will be driving your child to school. We are very concerned with traffic volume caused by the reduced busing service and made worse by roads that are stressed enough as is from the storm.
- HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL BUSING: Please see our website for details, but basically, there will not be normal bus “runs” but instead a “shuttle system” that will be running on main roads through town and picking up middle and high school students, together, and shuttling them to schools. We are starting schools two hours late so that no student is waiting for a bus at a new stop in the dark. Again, please see our website (www.millburn.org) for stop location and other pickup details. Bus service home from the High School and the Middle School will also be modified—students will in the afternoon take their normal bus home from school and that bus will stop as close as possible to their “normal” stop, road conditions permitting.
- Staff members will be reporting one hour late (as opposed to the two hours late that students are arriving), so as to get them in and off the roads before the drop off AND so that parents can drop their students at school (if they’re choosing to carpool/drive) earlier. So, if you are driving, you may drop your student off earlier than the two hour delay would normally have you drop off and you are in fact encouraged to do this in order to cut down on traffic volume at peak times. Student supervision at all five schools will be possible due to the staff coming in just one hour late.
- Glenwood and Hartshorn will most likely have to make up these two days by scheduling a four-hour session on two different Saturday mornings at some point in the future TBD. We are seeking clarification from the state now on this matter, but this is the least disruptive way to get these two schools back “in synch” with the other five in terms of total number of days of school.
- We are not optimistic about the state granting any relief from the mandated 180 days of school every year. Such relief has not been granted in anybody’s recent memory, even during the terrible snowstorms in the early 1990’s. But, we can hope and we will certainly keep everyone apprised of the state’s decision in this regard.
- As per the officially adopted district calendar for 2011-12, if we run out of scheduled “snow days” (which we have done as of today) and if we need any more “weather days” this school year, the days will be made up out of the April vacation week before any are added to the end of school in June. Not a pleasant prospect, I know, but we really have no choice—maybe we can catch a break and not have any more “weather” days this year…
That's it for now. I want to apologize again if the above plan causes you or your family more upset in these already trying times, but we are confident that this is the best approach for the community as a whole, given what we have to work with. As always, your teacher, principal and central office staff, myself included, stand ready to work with you in any way to help ease any burdens or to just help get through all this dislocation. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.