Wantagh, Seaford Schools To Remain Closed Monday

Wantagh schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday while Seaford plans Tuesday re-opening following damages causes by Superstorm Sandy.

Schools will be closed in Wantagh and Seaford Monday for a sixth straight instructional day as both districts continue to recover from damages caused by Superstorm Sandy early last week. 

The Wantagh School District announced Sunday that schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday with a re-opening planned for Wednesday on a one hour delay. Wantagh Acting Superintendent Maureen Goldberg said district officials examined several factors when determining whether it was safe to open Monday including downed wires in several neighborhoods, blocked roadways, inoperable traffic lights, challenges getting gas due to supply shortages and many being without power.

“We anticipate that transportation will be available on Wednesday with bus pick-up one hour later than your regularly scheduled pick-up time,” said Goldberg in a statement to district parents Sunday. “I will continue to provide updates as appropriate and I thank you for your continued support.”

In Seaford, schools will be closed Monday but all administrators, teachers, clericals, custodians and nurses will report to the Seaford High School Auditorium for an 8:30 a.m. staff meeting. The district will be using Monday as a day to prepare for an “efficient opening on Tuesday’, a message on the district’s website stated.

Seaford District officials emphasized that while there is an anticipation that schools will be open Tuesday, there may need to be contingency plans to have Seaford Harbor School students be educated in Seaford Manor School due to their building still not having power as of Sunday.

In the neighboring Levittown School District, which services students in northern sections of Wantagh and Seaford, schools will re-open Monday. Levittown district officials said in a message on their website that all roads are cleared and bus routes will operate normally. 








Ryan Viceroy November 05, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Dear Seaford Citizens, While we set our goals of having school in SMS and SHS on Monday, we also said that the traffic lights might make this an unsafe activity. Sure enough the traffic light on Seamans Neck and Clark Street is blinking yellow. This makes getting kids to school impossible. I racked my brain with the other 12 vice superintendents and concluded this would be an effort on par with the Normandy Invasion at Omaha Beach and maybe even slightly harder than NASA's placing a man on the moon. There was no way to SAFELY get the kids to school and so we will once again meet on Monday to tell you it will be equally unsafe on Tuesday. And since its Veterans Day the week after, why even bother starting another week. And than Thanksgiving is around the corner, so let's forget November. Ofcourse the Christmas Holidays in December, so why even bother starting at all in 2012. In lieu of physically going to school, we urge everyone to use the Khan Academy website to get the education your child needs. Our staff will be on standby to answer any questions. Thanks again and we will see you in January provided there are no flurries on Jan 2nd. Ryan Viceroy
LIRR Bound November 05, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Im heading off for the LIRR in 15 min, after my coffee. Will take it LIC and WALK mile and half to work due to situation. Lorraine, et al,,,,,,,,,,,,are you seriously NOT realizing that the only reason the school are NOT open is that NO ONE was gonna show to work?? PLEASE. I KNOW go easy on them, they have such little time off from work. I Hope and pray my kids attend school Presidents week, etc.....to make up for this lack of education.
Fred Sanford November 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Let's put this situation in perspective of the entire ecosystem: - LIPA crews working around the clock to get us back online working 16 hours a day while their own homes don't have power - MTA crews getting the trains and subways online and working quite well given the situation -Our law enforcement and safety personnel working hours on end to restore order and responding to emergencies. - Private business owners and workers waiting hours on end for gasoline so they can get to their jobs and run their operations to service the community. - People packing LIRR cars like sardines to get to their place of employment or waiting in 2 hour traffic to get across the bridges AND THEN THERE IS THIS to wake up to....Educators and their leaders who had an entire week to plan contingencies, using this time today to meet and still no assurances. Its a joke. Our kids have missed a week already? Are these people really accountable to anyone? To use Safety as their calling card excuse? We want our kids in school. Get the damn thing open already! Teaching use to be a noble profession, it nows seems like the profession of nobleman who don't get their hands dirty. This is a big reveal for us taxpayers. I really have never spent anytime posting on Patch blogs, I just am compelled here and I hope others will be too. We've spent so much time Saving Seaford sports and supporting our kids and community as well as teachers. This is a let down.
Seaford Dad November 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
President's week....not sure if this is true but maybe someone here would know. I was told President's Week started back in the 70's during the energy crisis. It was decided to close the schools for a week that year to conserve energy. Apparently admin (union) liked having that extra week off and it was somehow permanently added. Does anyone know if this is true? We really do not need that week off with a week+ off in Dec and a week+ off in the spring.
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM
LIRR- Schools across long island are not opening for the SAME reasons Seaford isnt open- NO one was prepared for THIS level of devastation- and they dont know what to DO! Do i think we are prepared NOW .. HELL NO? the confusion is evident It is once again proven EDUCATORS arent exactly the brightest bulbs in the chandelier when it comes to making and executing a disaster plan. It IS sort of a WING it as we go type thing which i personally find unacceptable. What i find ODD is that i was informed that the Manor and Ms HAD power last week and were only out for a TOTAL of THREE hours. ALso the MS is a designated relife center which wasnt /isnt being utlized as one. So why keep the buildings DARK and WHY not have meetings LAST week to determine what their plan of action is. It DOESNt take rocket scientist to realize that ELECTRIC wasnt going to come back in the harbor overnite, and it doesnt take a rocket scientist to realize that with all the devastation down there that we should have had a contingency plan in place BEFORE hand. Like WHAT TO DO WITH THE HARBOR STUDENTS in the EVENT of a disaster! The problem isnt the TEACHERs people its the ADMIN and BOARD who have Been caught with their pants down and are having a hard time pulling them up without tripping over their own feet. I have talked to a few teachers and they are JUST as CONFUSED as we all are .. THIS is a MANGAGEMENT ISSUE , not a TEACHER ISSUE.
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
HOWEVER- NOW is not the time to point fingers, NOW is the time to offer help and solutions. Then when everything is somewhat back to normal THEN we address who DIDNT do what and ASK WHY are they STILL employed.just as we would do in the busines world .. We hold people accountable with all the accolades and or repercussions assocciated with their level of preparation and execution. I will tell you one thing I personally wont accept "we knever thought something like this would happen" because i wouldnt accept it in the business world either. YOU anticipate the WORST , plan for the WORST and then execute and adapt as needed. Especially when you are responisble for CHILDREN.
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Personally If i had a student attending the HARBOR school i wouldnt let them get 100 near that buidling because the HARBOR SCHOOL GROUNDS STINK and are saturated with diesel, gas and oil spills, and SOMEONE needs to do some SERIOUS testing to insure the grounds are safe. If HOMEs are being condemed for the same reason why isnt the SCHOOL being looked at ..
Fred Sanford November 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Exactly my point Lorraine, the Manor had power the entire time. The opportunity to plan was there and missed. And I agree that its not the teachers, The leadership as I said on Friday is lacking. There is not an ounce of scrappiness in this bunch. The hedges were all evident on Friday and again here for tomorrow. I have little faith that schools will be opened tomorrow after everything is said and done. Harbor is going to present a potential long-term issue. They were just hoping power would come up at the Harbor over the weekend and when it didn't they immediately punted. I'm guessing today will be the first time, they have seriously discussed a contingency in detail with all the logistics. Like the Jets, they will punt again.
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 04:28 PM
WRONG. The reason school was closed was because there was no power in some of the schools, no buses, etc. The overwhelming majority of the staff came to work today--even those who had quite a bit of damage to their houses. Everyone is eager to see their students. I'd like to clear up some crazy rumors that have been going around about the Harbor school: They lost power. That is IT. It is hard to believe, but there was not a drop of water even in the sub-basement. I'd really like to get hold of the people starting crazy rumors about it, but I'm sure the cowards would never fess up. The plan is for the High School and Middle School to get back to work, and the Harbor school children will be taught at the Manor school (unless, by some miracle, power is restored before tomorrow). We are all going to try our best to take good care of the students and provide them with some degree of normalcy.
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Amazingly, it didn't flood. No one can figure out how we got that lucky, but it is actually okay (apart from the lack of electricity).
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
What a cynical attitude. Actually, Mr. Conboy doesn't have power, actually, and he has been helping his neighborhood in addition to his work at the school. We are opening the school partly so we can identify who needs help so that we can help them. At the very least, students can be warm and safe and fed. There's not going to be a witch hunt to prosecute students who aren't in school--we're trying to help everyone we can.
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM
WE WANT TO GET BACK TO WORK. It's YOUR children we're spending our days with--that you find it so hard to believe that we want to get back to work with them says a lot.
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I agree that this has been quite a wake-up, and I'm afraid that there will be more weather like this in the coming years. It's truly frightening.
Fred Sanford November 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Green and White, if you are teacher, thank you for posting on here and thanks for your efforts. Hard to convey what I have to say without offending, but I think the working people of our community are not seeing 'your best.' Do you understand the inconveniences every working person has gone through over the last week. The extraordinary efforts of LIPA, NPD, Hospital workers, etc over the last week. I'm sorry, but I just don't see the same sense of urgency and I totally understand that the Harbor situation is a challenge. Come on, we are all working lots of hours and climbing every obstacle to get things done. This should have been sorted late last week. Let's get it together for tomorrow.
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I HAVE HAD IT WITH THIS ADMINSITRATION! A) UPDATE THE DAMN WEBSITE to include PERTINANTE INFORMATIONfor those that DO have internet or cell access B) ESTABLISH A VOICE ANNOUNCE ONLY MAILBOX GIVING UP TO DATE INFORMATION where people can call in from their cells or other phones and get the LATEST information. CALL YOUR TELCOM VENDOR TO SET UP FOR YOU ASAP! it takes 20 minutes to do! B) OFFER WEB CLASSES and get your teachers on line ASAP to communicate with their students students NOT physically here can continue their work.assignments etc. C) MOVE the ALL 3, 4&5 th GRADE students to the MS a larger school with a better capacity to handle the additonal students and MOVE 7& 8th grade to the HS if neccessary D) Keep ALL k-2 Students from BOTH schools at the MANOR. E) DO NOT accept the fact the the BUS company doesnt have enough drivers . they HAVE a CONTRACT ..HOLD them accountable F) INSURE ALL FOOD IN ALL SCHOOLS HAS BEEN THROWN OUT By ARMARK and NEW FRESH FOOD IS BROUGHTIN- Regardless of HOw short the ELECTIRC was out at bboth the MANOR and MS FOOD temps WERE compromised .and can not be used. G). Get those nice costly bulletin boards in front of the buidling s functioning with proper TIMELY informaiton H) If you CANt change polling at the MANOR and you have BOTH elelmentary schools combined in there let me assure you I will BE THE FIRST ONE TO CALL THE FIRE MARSHAL AND SHUT YOU DOWN for Endangering the lives of EVERYONE in that school!
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
AND personally if this is the BEST you can do, if this is YOU trying to do your best. newsflash your BEST is NOT acceptable and YOU SHOULD BE FIRED . ... THis is totaly unacceptable and totaly what this community does NOT NEED. A leadership who CANT handle a crisis ... and board who is running around in circles who cant make a damn decision.
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Bascially to Conboy, Striffolino, Kahn, Wink Fagan, Dibalsio and Ruane Get your collective heads out of your you know what and Get you s together or all collectively resign, becaseu it appears this is way over your heads ... and Seaford NEEDS better and our STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER> We need leaders!
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
(A) The information is updated as soon as they know/work things out. It's better to wait to know what's going on than it is to keep putting it up and changing it (like what happened yesterday). (B) That's not a bad idea, actually, but it's not different from having it available on the website. (C)-(D) I think that the less moving around that happens, the better. At least now, only one school is displaced, rather than shuffling everyone. That would also create a lot more work in terms of the buses. (E) I haven't heard anything about there not being enough drivers. The last thing I heard was that busing was going to work fine. (F) The power was only out for 4 hours, but we received a delivery just this morning. (G) Yes (H) We have NO control over the polling sites. You're going to have to take that up with the Board of Elections, because they are the ones that determine where polling takes place. We have no power over them. Supposedly, they're going to bring their own generators to light and heat the polling room. There are over 1000 people at the Manor School on Open House night, and it's not a fire hazard, so it should be okay to house the elementary students there.
Lorraine DeVita November 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
@ green and white-. The HARBOR school is not going to OPEN until all the electrical, and Environmental issue are resolved. turning on the lights isnt as simple as you may think. the oil and fuel spill issues in the neighborhood need to be resolved for health and safety measures. as well any potential mold issues need to be remediated. The excuses for buses seem to change hourly, first no buses, then no drivers now no buses andno drivers and now buses. depends onthe time of day i assume. food=You err on the side of caution. not cost.. As to the manor occupancy the LEGAL CAPACITY is WHAT? There will be MORE then 1000 students, as BOTH schools have well over 500 students in each. PLUS staff, PLUS admin, PLUS aides, PLUS VOTERS., moving grades around is no more disconcerting then having class sizes in excess of 50 students in some cases. How are they supposed to write ? on the floor ? DOES the MANOR have DESKS for everyone? What about inclusion classes,IEPs, 504's? or do we say once again to t he kids who need the MOST help oooops sorry , you lose once again? as for the website .. It STILL has the welcome message from the 1st day of school in And according to that website you wouldnt know we had a porblem nevermind that it states SCHOOL is CLOSED tom. for Sup. Conf. & NO message from Conboy DETAILING EXACLY what will transpire going forward. Yes yester. WAS a FIASCO once again a FINE example of the leadership in this district.
Chris Wendt November 05, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Lorraine, in my opinion, your most recent posts on this thread do not indicate a rational level of intelligent discourse. I mean Seaford has a Board of Education and a Superintendent and a senior leadership team duly charged with and ultimately responsible for making the necessary decisions, under the law and relevant regulations. Perhaps you have different ideas, but, you are not the Superintendent of Schools, and you are not a member of the Board of Education. Wait until March, take out a nominating petition, run for the Board, and if you get elected, then you can try out some of your own ideas next year, provided the majority of the Board agrees with you. Provided....
Fred Sanford November 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Chris, honestly, do you really think the sense of urgency displayed by our Educators matches the rest of the working community over the last 7 days? Everyone I know has been back to work since Wednesday last week. Its definitely not time to panic, but lots of people are pretty incensed at this lack of urgency, planning and just overall limp approach. People are bending over backwards to get to their jobs...waiting on endless gas lines, working around the clock, incredible traffic jams. How would like to be a LIPA worker who has worked 16 hours a day, come home to a house with no power and still get criticized by our own Governor. Our teachers have a short commutes, short days and our adminstrators had 75% of their infrastructure up and running last week. Mayor Bloomberg sent kids and teachers to schools with no power or heat today. I want my kids in school. If someone does not want their kids in school, that's their choice. What an awful example set for our children to accept this type of failure and lack of effort. As someone wrote, Seaford is about 2.7 square miles with one of the smallest enrollments in Nassau Cty. Imagine Mayor Bloombergs logistical issues across an entire city, in areas hit far far worse than Seaford. Sorry Chris, Seaford gets a D+ so far, let's see if they pull up their pants today.
luvmykids November 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I received a phone call earlier today from the school because my daughter has a severe nut allergy...telling me that there will be children eating lunch in the classrooms, etc. etc. and the possibllity of someone bringing in foods containing nuts, etc, etc.....how would I like to handle it? why am I bringing this up? I had asked if they were def. putting all the children from the Harbor into the Manor school and they said yes..and while I am all for getting the children back to normal and see what so many people have been though....it just scares me a little having this many children crammed into one building..as you know the Manor is not by any means a large building....I had sent an email to the BOE a few days ago asking that they split the children between the Manor, Middle and High school...I am not sure why they won't do this..I just feel it would be safer for everyone.....God forbid there was a fire or something and they had to get everyone out of the building..I just feel if they have the 3 buildings, utilize all 3....
Archie B November 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Fred Sanford, (love the name)..Chris, Lorraine, and everyone else in Seaford will see first hand the level of love and dedication displayed by "Green and White" and our Districts Personnel of all positions when the Board cancels Presidents Week off and most Of Easter/Passover Vacation. Thats when you will all see the truth. Me and Fred already know it......................
jim g. November 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Still want to sell the Seaford Ave. School. I think we need to think about the available dry land the Seaford school district owns. Condem the property of Seaford Harbor School for students and get an emergency grant to reopen the Seaford Ave. School. Selling the property built to code would probably get us more revenue than the value of Seaford Ave. School.
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
The Seaford Ave school is, unfortunately, uninhabitable. It would be unsafe to use as a school without a $2,000,000 asbestos abatement.
GreenAndWhite November 05, 2012 at 10:00 PM
There are only two days that need to be added to the school year so far. The first day we miss due to bad weather gets rid our "snowflake day," but we have 2 more days built into the school year, so we don't have to lose any more vacation days until we hit day 4. We've missed 5 days so far, so there are only two days that need to be added to the school year (so far--Lord only knows what the winter will bring). I don't know what you're looking for in terms of love and dedication--if there is school on days that would have been vacation days, we'll all be there doing our jobs just like everyone was in 2011 when we had 4 snow days.
Fred Sanford November 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Seaford will be open for business tomorrow. Hurray and a good strong message from Mr.Conboy about expecting disruptions and the need for community cooperation. Good recovery by the team today and I know many parents, students and teachers will be very happy to get back into the swing of things. If parents are not ready, you have the choice to not send.
Lorraine DeVita November 06, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Chirs, dont you have a wantgh post to make- seems your voice is silent in your home town. NOW as for the Seaford leadership team. Let me just say this IF ANY of them were in charge of ANY company in either THIS situation, 9/11 or even the 2k cutover. we would STILL be using tin cans and strings - LEtS get real, I have seen first hand as have many the devastation in this town, and the DIRE NEED for accurate and timely dissemination of informaiton, as well a NEED for SWIFT implementation of a well divisied plan to get these kids back in school In a safe well thought manner. NONE of THAT HAS OCCURED> they keep repeating over and over the harbor will open as soon as electrict is restored, WELL how about contacting the DEC and the EPA to verify that the OIL gas & diesel slicks have NOT contaminated the HArbor grounds as they have MANY of the homes surrounding it. HOw about having a well thought PLAN of ACTION BEFORE! HOw about NOT stuffing the SMALLEST school in the district with the MOSt kids? .Why NOt split sessions, or relocating some of th eolder kids up to the other schools. or got o a modified princeton plan k-3 in the manor 4 5 6 in the MS and move 7&8 up to the HS There ARE VIABLE WORKABLE SAFER options that while needing MORE thought CAN be implemented thats the PROBLEM. RE-ACTIVE knee jerks rather then pro ACTIVE, WHat the hell were they all doing last week. Hiding in the DARK but fully powered Manor and Ms buildings?
Lorraine DeVita November 06, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Lets just HOPE the HARBOR school has NO environmental issues of its own. While it appears to the untrained eye to be habitable It needs to fully & thoroughly checked out by a certified environmental specialist to insure we dont have ANOTHER 2 million disaster on our hands. The AIR and Ground quailty as well the building need to be checked out WELL before the ELECTRICITY/Gas is turned on so any environmental corrections and or remediation's can be planned and addressed well in ADVANCE. The LAST thing District needs is to ASSUME all is well and then find it IS'NT..
Lorraine DeVita November 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Archie, I hope you are mistaken but if your not then my I WILL add my voice to yours. Right now I am giving the Teachers a "pass" and the benefit of the doubt , lets see how it plays out later in the year. Right now its not the TEACHERs you should be concerned about, its their bosses.


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