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Seaford Schools to Re-Open Tuesday

Seaford Harbor School students will be educated in Seaford Manor School until power is restored to their building.

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. 

Seaford Mom November 06, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I chose not to send my 1st grader today. Bad idea to combine schools and then have all those voters going in and out.
GreenAndWhite November 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM
That school, unfortunately, is well beyond run down...It's uninhabitable. It would be a health/safety hazard, and it would take a very pricey (as in, a million + dollars) abatement to make it safe. It's such a shame...
Lorraine DeVita November 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Manor =3 kindergarten classes of 27+ Harbor=4 kindergarten classes of 22+ 7 kindergarten classes in 3 or 4 classrooms Roughly 170+ 5&6 yr olds in 3 classrooms possibly/hopefully 4 classrooms Max kindergarteners in a class = 57+ aides+ 2 teachers Min kindergarteners in a class = 43 +aides +2 teachers Give ALL those adults( teachers & AIDES) a medal of honor for being in those classrooms for 5 hours with that many students and i strongly suggest someone should have the aspirin and wine handy at the end of the day! I would LOVE to know what the Teachers Union position on this Merge was! AND I HOPE not everyone has to go POTTY at the same time!
Lorraine DeVita November 06, 2012 at 12:30 PM
ALL sarcasm aside, the one thing every parent has to comprehend that while this may not be the wisest of all decisions, it is imperative that all parents remain calm in front of the kids, and if you are dropping your child off at school remebr there are other parents equally as concerned sitting in their car also to drop their kid off so basically its a drop and drive scenario . PLs do not linger and gawk as that will only UP the level of frustrations on everyones part. I just hope someone from administration had the FORESIGHT to ask for police traffic control on washington to facilitate not only the flow of traffic but the SAFETY of the all involved. PLS Be SAFE, DRIVE SAFE keep your cool. I would also STRONGLY suggest that anyone VOTING at the MANOR try to do so between the hours of 10-2 and after 5 pm. to allow for the Safety of the Students during drop off and dismissal. Its going to be a ZOO up there. lets try to do everything possible to keep it a CONTROLLED and SAFE ZOO for the sake of the students!
Lorraine DeVita November 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
VL had a great idea! Make an extra LUNCH or two! , there are many kids whose parents probably dont even HAVE stuff to make a school lunch with. SO if you are lucky enough to have electrict and running refridgerator it would be a wonderful gesture to make a few extra sandwiches, stick in a few extra snacks a few extra juice boxes giving your child the opportunity to see how good it feels to help someone and MAKE a new friend also.
Chris Wendt November 06, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I think there is a governmental policy disconnect that should be addressed in the coming legislative session in Albany. That disconnect concerns mandatory security (safety) procedures for schools (post-Columbine) and the (misplaced or misguided) power of County Boards of Elections to unilaterally supercede those school security regulations and take over school buildings for use as polling places on school days. A few years ago we attempted to have the polling places in Wantagh moved out of the schools and back to the fire houses where they had previously been. Not only was this request not met with any success, but it was then that we learned the school districts have absolutely no control over the designation of schools as polling places. For one year we tried holding school during election day voting, but due to concerns over security and safety, then reverted to the policy of scheduling Superintendent's Day (a district-wide staff development day) and excusing all students from attending class on election day. It is that same policy (not Hurricane Sandy) which is responsible for Wantagh schools not having classes right now, because today had already been scheduled on the Wantagh School District Calendar for staff development activities.
VoReason November 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Considering the challenges faced by the district, having over 90% of students return today was a phenomenal achievement. There were some traffic issues when the combined manor/harbor kids were released, but if that's the worst of it then it's time to commend our district leadership (you know, the people who actually have the authority to make and administer the plans for the district..as opposed to a certain someone who loves to quarterback everything from her computer all day without ANY experience in EDUCATION or school district AdMINIstraTION)
carla villecco November 06, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Have to say today went very well...good job seaford
BeeKay November 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Very smooth job today by the district. My son is in 2nd grade and enjoyed the pairing up with his Manor buddies. He said it was business as usual among the "adults"...Daily Language, Word Work, Math, a lesson on Election Day, and even kept a "special" scheduled. He said the room was crowded, but there were no problems. Yes, having the Manor as a voting site did thrown an additional monkey wrench into the picture, but I think the admin team did a pretty solid job keeping everything in order. Conboy's call home clarified tomorrow's plan, and the joint letter sent home from both principals was reassuring. Job well done by all involved considering the difficult circumstances.
GreenAndWhite November 07, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I'm so glad to hear this--everything went great in my school, but I was thinking about the elementary schools all day. I'm so glad to hear from a parent that things went well (and extra glad to hear that it was a good day from the child's perspective).
cfordresident November 07, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Students are not allowed to share food with others due to food allergy safety. I work in the Harbor and have a child in the Manor so I got to see first hand how the day went. The day went very smoothly and I applaud the district for doing a terrific job. The kids were very happy to be back in school. Even with the voters in the building, staff members made sure the kids were always safe. I expect tomorrow to be even better.
Lorraine DeVita November 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Cfordresident- I am truly truly truly glad, these kids have a place to go and things went fine for the kids .. Better IN school then a cold wet house. I have been saying THAT all along and repeatedly . . I just wish it was less crowded and the INFORMATION regarding the MERGE was better executed. The feed back i got was semi controlled chaos by parents. Which under the circumnstances is expected. HOWEVER I personally have to give credit where credit is due - HATS off to the PEOPLE on the front lines theTeachers and Aides who made it work. While you all know my stance on both I have to admit it is a credit to the Teachers and AIDES , dedication and actions that this was pulled off successfully. WITHOUT them this WOULD NOT HAVE WORKED. While this was not in many eyes, mine included THE a WISEST of plans it WORKED and will hopefully continue to work BECAUSE of the people EXECUTING THE PLAN. So While my previous reservations are still on the table, My RESPECT for those who are working with these kid, under these conditions is GREAT. You all deserve a Thank you for your Dedication to all the students.and lets ALL hope this is a short term solution to terrible situation and will not be a prolonged one.
Lorraine DeVita November 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
VOReason- the plan still isnt the WISEST nor was the infomraiton regarding the "PLAN" disseminated in a controlled professional timely manner. IT worked yesterday DESPITE of the ADMINISTRATION who are still running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I FIRMLY stand by my admonishement of the Administration HOWEVER IT WORKED and will continue to work SOLELY because of the TEACHERs & AIDES. and to them i say thank you
luvmykids November 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I have to say..I was nervous about the overcrowding, having so many children in one school, would it be chaos, etc. etc.......my children HAVE NOT stopped talking about what a great day they had at school today.......thank you so much to the entire staff at the Seaford schools for making this a positive experience for all and for taking such good care of the children.......
luvmykids November 08, 2012 at 12:03 AM
VL..I will pass along the info regarding having the lists sent to school..I know they have collected a lot of stuff at the firehouse, how it is being distributed I am unsure at this time...it was put on hold today because of the weather..I will def. get back to you before the night is over!
Seaford Pride November 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
VL - If there is any families in need of items please tell them to send in a list of items they need and we will make sure they get what they need. They can send in a list with the child and give it to their teacher, school nurse, or 1 of the 2 prinicipals in the school. The PTA will make sure the family receives what they need. Thank you.
Seaford Pride November 08, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Right now the PTAs has clothing, coats, towels, blankets, sheets, cleaning supplies etc. We are collecting things that are being requested by families that are in need. Things are changing daily on what is needed. The family can also call any of the schools (Manor, Middle or High School) and speak to the school nurse or principals and tell them what they need. They will relay the message to the PTA and we can get it to them. Are you an organization as well? Or just a concerned neighbor?
Judith Conlon November 08, 2012 at 03:39 AM
There is nothing wrong with the Seaford Avenue School. False rumors have been spread because the District desperately wants to SELL it! And they aren't selling it because it's "dangerous" or "uninhabitable," it's because they want MONEY!  The BOCES program for pregnant teens and babies was there 18 years and closed due to NYS budget cuts in 2010. The pictures attached to the RFP confirm that it's still very nice inside, sturdy and handsomely built. A FILM CREW even rented it out a few months ago! They could have opened the building to beleaguered residents during this disaster too, but arrogantly chose not to. Instead, Red Cross volunteers and needy residents alike were exposed to the elements less than a mile away." "Health hazard?" Look no further than the toxic fuel, seawater and God-knows-what contaminating the entire Seaford Harbor area from Superstorm  Sandy! If you want to cram all these students into the Manor then that's your  prerogative.  But I wouldn't put students back into the Harbor area without, at the very least, verifying that air quality samples down there have been tested, and checking the foundation of the building for cracks that could admit toxins from the groundwater into the air. It's not simply a matter of "electricity." The District can knock itself out trying to unload the SAS for a quick buck, but it's beyond irritating to see people being played, especially now that the stakes are SO much higher for their little spending spree.
HS November 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
VL - seems like you have it all covered. The PTAs have been working very hard day in and day out getting supplies to families. They have done an amazing job. They are delivering goods as needed to families that are asking for help. Sometimes people are just too proud to ask for help. We can't make people ask for help. They have a streamline of needs. They are collecting what people are asking for and getting it to them. Not sure you have all your facts correct.
luvmykids November 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
VL how have you distributed all of the items you have collected for the people in need?
luvmykids November 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
what happened to the comments we were responding to? lol
HS November 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Well said Judith!!!
Judith Conlon November 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I have no doubt that the PTA is doing a phenomenal job thus far. These have been extremely trying circumstances, to say the least!  Ditto for the SHCA, the Red Cross, The Fire Dept, The American Legion, The Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, various restaurants like Mulcahy's.. and neighbors helping neighbors.. I think the point is that many people have been assisting in a variety of ways for 11 days and counting.. I really don't feel that anyone here is trying to demean the efforts of their neighbors. What I am hearing is that needs are changing daily, efforts are being duplicated and others have thus far been untapped. For example, the Red Cross was turning away volunteers since they had it covered. Could these people have been used elsewhere?The Fire Dept has collected more clothing than it knows what to do with.. I drove around during a snowstorm trying to deliver meals that had already been taken care of. Possibly, what VL is trying to convey is that a "central database" to coordinate all of these volunteer efforts and resources would be extremely helpful at this point.. perhaps through a "special" patch blog designed for this purpose?
Kim November 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Judith, I agree with you 100%. They should have opened the Avenue school as a shelter if nothing else. I for one, would rather see the Harbor School close it's doors and reopen the Avenue in it's place. I'm all for it being a school again, definitely against it being sold for condos!
Lorraine DeVita November 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
@luvmykids, I saw those comments and i will respond : MANY people WANT to help and are frustrated, MANY people are in NEED and are frustrated-, the SEAFORD HARBOR CIVIC Assoc. is trying to CO ORDINATE EFFORTS of ALL the community groups to insure the HELPERS are addressing the TRUE needs of the people in our community and that information, services and goods are collected & distributed in a timely and organized manner. IE: if you have COATS for kids BRING them to the SCHOOLS and distribute them there. ANY organization that has something to offer should join the email list so they can get the information OUT to everyone . THe HARBOR CIVIC Association will need volunteers to walk the streets of SOUTH SEAFORD to pass out and do a HOUSE BY HOUSE NEEDS assessment . FEMA recommends that you find out what people need exactly whether it be food, clothes, cleaning supplies etc and then tailor your efforts to fulfill those needs. That is what the Habor civic association is doing and they would like ALL community groups to work with them so everyone who has a need can have that need addressed. If you would like to contribute time or anything else i suggest you EMAIL ourseafordneighbors@outlook.com UNITED we can be MORE EFFECTIVE in helping our neighbors.
Lorraine DeVita November 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
What ever your strengths are, what ever you can give, whatever time you can donate. pls email and volunteer, we can then hopefully match people up with specifc tasks and organizations that need help whether it be in distribution, collection etc. The PTA's motto is: ONE VOICE /EVERYCHILD Hopefully Seaford can para phrase ONE VOICE/ EVERY SEAFORD RESIDENT ourseafordneighbors@outlook.com
luvmykids November 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Thank you Lorraine...
Lorraine DeVita November 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Dont thank me, thank the ALL the organizations , all the vounteers , The PTA's, the FIRE DEPARMTENT and ALL the organizations, Churches , etc in Seaford who are working round the clock to help their neighbors. MANY MANY PEOPLE making a difference. MANY MANY people who are EFFECTED themselves but are selflessly putting their own situations aside to help others who are in worse shape. They embody a SEAFORD that despite differences on a mryiad of issues are working dilligently to do ANYTHING they can to HELP ... THATs who WE ALL have to thank.
Rick Jarvis November 10, 2012 at 04:16 AM
glad you kept her home if u felt that way but why ?
luvmykids November 10, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I was thanking you for making clear a message that wasn't so clear to me (and had been deleted)........I think we all have thanked, continue to thank and continue to help those that are in need.......I don't think I've come across ONE person yet that hasn't done anything they can to help those in need..it just goes to show we are one hell of a community.....because of the way we are "UNITED" we will help everyone pull through this tough time.

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