The New Milford Public School District, originally scheduled to be closed next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, for the Teachers Convention, has decided to remain open instead.
In an act of cooperation among the New Milford Education Association, the New Milford Board of Education and New Milford District Administration, all New Milford Public Schools will be open on Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9. This decision was prompted by the unprecedented cancellation of the NJEA Convention scheduled for that time in Atlantic City.
According to superintendent of schools, Michael Polizzi, "It is more important to resume normal school operations than to proceed according to an established school calendar. This will allow the district to reclaim two lost days in the event there are further emergency closures later in the year."
Polizzi stated that "although the reopening of schools may be an inconvenience to some, district teachers and school administration believe that meeting the educational needs of students and restoring continuity to the educational process serves the greater good of the community."
The New Milford Public School District is among the first in the state to take this measure, which would not have been feasible without the support of district leadership and the New Milford Teachers Association.
"The residents of New Milford should be extremely proud of this display of solidarity," says Polizzi. "In the end it is about what is best for kids."
New Milford schools are still closed today as a result of power outages. The district is taking the after-effects of Sandy one day at a time and will reopen as soon as power is restored.
District administration will continue to use the School Messenger system, Facebook, Constant Contact, and whatever means possible to communicate with families as the drama of hurricane Sandy continues to unfold.