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District Confident School Community Will 'Band Together' Post Sandy

Parents are encouraged to notify their children’s principal, teacher or guidance counselor if they themselves are in need or if they know of anyone who is

After nearly a week of working toward recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Lacey schools will be opening on Monday.

Unable to communicate with residents and students who have been affected by the storm due to power outages, the district has expressed concerns regarding how they may be impacted.

“As Dr. (Superintendent Sandra) Brower posted on our website, a storm of this magnitude can be frightening and stressful to our students,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Vanessa Clark said. Concern for their safety can extend to concern for family, friends, and pets.”

Extensive media coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy can add to the anxiety, she said.

“With all that said, returning to normal routines such as being in school is certainly an important first step toward helping our students and parents cope, which is why we are making every effort to reopen school on Monday,” Clark said.

Parents are encouraged to notify their children’s principal, teacher or guidance counselor if they themselves are in need or if they know of anyone who is. Any family with transportation concerns can call 732-664-1035 and leave a message, which will be returned. Additionally, the district is offering before- and after-school care at no charge Monday to Wednesday.

“It is difficult to ascertain what type and level of counseling should be offered until we have a sense of what those needs will be,” Clark said.

Once communication is made available between the district and residents, there will be a better understanding of how Lacey families were affected, she said. Then, Director of Special Services Michael Maschi will work with guidance counselors to determine the level of services offered.

Having students get involved in the community can also help in the road towards recovery, Clark said.

“During an event such as this storm, it is important for students to feel that they are a making a difference,” she said. “The Lacey Township School District has a long history of being part of so many great causes--collecting food for those in need during the Holidays, providing for our military men and women, raising funds for cancer awareness--the list is extensive.”

Clark and Brower are confident the school community will “band together” and become involved in relief efforts to the Lacey community and locally, Clark said.

“We know that our students will benefit emotionally from getting involved in service projects and our teachers and administrators will make every effort to begin these types of projects as soon as our students return to the classroom,” she said.

Louie November 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I agree with agreewiththelaw comments But would like to see a delayed opening as well for the safety of our students and buses .
LS November 04, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Instead of having school closed on Thursday and Friday, Would it not make sense to just switch and close on Monday and Tuesday? As it is my understanding the teachers convention is canceled
debbie November 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM
At Lanoka HArbor School the parties will be on Tues. I believe this is also the case at the other elem schools andMP
Melissa Gregg November 05, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I am very stressed tonight with the thought of back to school tomorrow. Our street is still closed with no power. We are fortunate to be staying with family and thankful I was able to keep my family all together during this tragedy. I know I am lucky and have a home to go back to eventually. However, I had to rummage around my dark home with flashlights to find backpacks and lunch bags and clothes. Yes, my fault I did not think of it earlier in the day, but when you are displaced and evacuated you don't think clearly. A quick stop at Walmart go grab what the kids will need for lunches in school, wait make that two stops because I forgot drinks. Again, my fault but again it is difficult to think clearly. Now in the morning I need to figure out how to get my children ready for school without disrupting the family members of where we are staying and drive my children to and from school. I am also concerned if my children are going to do ok in school since they are not in our home right now and out of normalcy. Maybe they need the distraction... I will find out. Yes I know, I have it easy compared to people whom have lost everything in our community. I think an additional week would have really helped many people settle back home and regain power before returning to school. My point is I am not enduring nearly as much as others are and it is hard and stressful.
Elaine Piniat November 05, 2012 at 04:39 AM
For all those wondering...Dr. Brower said that elementary students will be encouraged by their principals to wear their costume on Tuesday for celebrations but since trick or treating is scheduled for Monday, students can also come dressed in their costumes tomorrow. A decision about Thursday and Friday will be made by Monday at 1 p.m.

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