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A Message from Westfield Schools Superintendent

SATS canceled for Saturday, Nov. 3. If schools have power, they will open Monday.

With the Westfield Public School district’s e-mail and web servers down, we have relied on our emergency alert system to provide information to parents this week through a half dozen different messages. We also appreciate the Mayor including our messages in his announcements. As soon as power is restored, we will begin work to reestablish our usual methods of communication.

And, as soon as power is restored, we are ready to open our doors and welcome our students back. Our maintenance workers and custodians have been working since Tuesday to prepare our schools. They have taken down trees and limbs and removed debris from all of our grounds. While our schools did sustain some minor damage, our staff has made necessary repairs.

We will send another alert to confirm, but if our schools have power we will open on Monday morning. As indicated in a previous alert,we will be open for school this Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9. This means that, assuming power, our students in grades 6-12 will have 5 full days of school next week. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will have four day sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as had been planned to provide for parent conferences.

As is the case in districts across New Jersey and New York, SATs are cancelled for this Saturday, November 3. We are working to reschedule these tests and will notify students who have registered.

There are many events, such as plays and games and competitions that will have to be rescheduled. We will begin that work once we have our students back learning in their classrooms.

I am sure that our students and parents have many more questions but would ask for some patience as we all deal with the aftermath of a devastating storm. As we have traveled around Westfield this week to check on our buildings, we have heard a wide array of stories from our families. Some have sustained major damage to their homes and are just glad that family members are safe. Many families continue to be without power, yet have welcomed family and friends who have lost everything. One lucky family who had never lost power turned their attention to elderly neighbors and cleared debris from a number of lawns. In the months to come we will have to continue our efforts to help many members of our community. This is the spirit of cooperation we see so often in the Westfield community.

Thank you for your cooperation and I wish you well at this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Margaret Dolan
Superintendent of the Westfield Public Schools

Elizabeth Catlin Davis November 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I live in Texas now, but my heart is still in Westfield where I graduated from WHS in 1953. My dad had his jewelry business in lower Manhattan. NYC has always been my favorite. The recent devastation of lower Manhattan and the Jersey Shore has been numbing. I'll keep you all in my prayers. Tibby Catlin '53
Chris Gibson November 03, 2012 at 07:54 PM
After living thru the October storm in Buffalo, NY and not having power for 13 days and schools closed for 8 days (not including weekends), I felt more in control when the district just came out and said schools will be closed the entire week. It was the best decision made based on the amount of downed trees and wires that were everywhere. Westfield should just make a decision for the upcoming week and not these day to day decisions. It would make life a lot easier on everyone and would reduce the stress on the community. It would also ease the stress on the workers who are trying to do the best job they can.
westfieldborn November 05, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I'm confused - is there school tomorrow or not??? I see nothing on the district website - and this is confusing, if your school has power, you have school, and yet i saw on patch this afternoon it said no school in westfield on monday??
westfieldborn November 05, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Okay - was just confirmed no school tomorrow by a fellow patch-er... thank you JD.

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