I hope this message finds you safe, warm, and dry. I am writing to notify families and staff that it is my plan to return to school tomorrow – Friday, March 9, 2018.
At the time of this message, four of our schools (Walsh Middle School, Dunning Elementary School, Potter Road Elementary School, and BLOCKS Preschool) are operating on generator power with utility crews hard at work to restore full power by the start of school tomorrow. Even on generator power, these schools are safe to open for school.
I remain in close contact with local officials as we all recover from this storm. I am aware that there are still many homes without power and roads that are blocked by downed trees, but I remain hopeful that with additional utility crews hard at work throughout the city and across the state the majority of our students and staff will be able to come to school tomorrow.
Although our DPW is taking good care to ensure safe travel to school, walkers should be extra cautious and report any blocked sidewalks or sagging utility lines to crossing guards along the way or to school officials upon their arrival at school so that those issues can be addressed immediately by our DPW. Police, Fire, DPW, and our public schools are all working together to ensure a safe arrival to school tomorrow.