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New Milford Public Schools Remain Open For Teachers Convention Next Thursday and Friday

Due to Sandy's wrath, the teacher's convention scheduled for Nov. 8 & 9 in Atlantic City has been cancelled; New Milford public schools will hold classes.

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.

karen November 02, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Let's see how many teachers actually show up
Darren Drake November 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Thank you Michael and the NMEA teachers for (yet again) putting our town's children first!
Scott Davies November 07, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Karen, please call my office at Gibbs School on Thursday morning and I will be happy to provide you with our faculty attendance rate for the day. 201-261-0939 x5000. Scott Davies, Gibbs Principal
Scott Davies November 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Of our 39 professional staff members, 35 are here. That is within our average range for any school day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

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