After missing more than a week of school due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, Seaford students will be returning to classes Tuesday.
The Seaford School District announced Monday afternoon on its website that schools would re-open for all students Tuesday. The Seaford Harbor School students will however be educated in Seaford Manor School due to their building still being without electricity and will stay there until the power returns.
District officials said that they anticipate bus transportation proceeding as normal to Seaford High School, Seaford Middle School and Seaford Manor School but ask parents’ understanding that “some disruptions may occur.” Seaford Harbor School students should report to their bus stops at regular times to be transported to Seaford Manor School. The district is asking that Seaford Harbor School parents who plan to drive their children to the Seaford Manor School drop them off by 9:20 a.m. at the main entrance off Washington Avenue to avoid congestion. After school pickup for Seaford Harbor School students who do not ride buses will be at 3:30 p.m. also at the main entrance of the Manor School.
For Seaford Harbor School students who are walkers and whose families are unable to provide transportation, the district has arranged for a shuttle bus that will transport them from the Harbor School back parking lot to the Manor School. The shuttle bus will leave at approximately 9:15 a.m. and will return students to the Harbor School back parking lot before 4 p.m.
When Harbor School students arrive at the Manor School Tuesday they will be directed to the building’s All Purpose Room and be reunited with their classroom teacher and brought to their designated temporary classroom. Lunches and specials classes may need to take place in classrooms and other normal activities will need some adjustment, district officials explained.
“Our staff will endeavor to provide the best possible educational environment for our students during this challenging time,” the Seaford School District said in a statement on its website. “Harbor administrators, faculty members, and the nurse spent time in the Harbor School building on Monday gathering materials to aid in the instructional day Tuesday.”
District officals urge people to log on to its Superstorm Sandy update page for the latest on school operations this week.
“We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation during this unprecedented community tragedy,” district officials said. “We will recover steadily through our strength of community.”
In neighboring Wantagh, schools will remain closed Tuesday with a re-opening planned for Wednesday. The Levittown School District re-opened schools Monday.