Yes, school will be in session on Monday in Fair Haven.
And, according to Superintendent Kathleen Cronin, students’ normal routine will kick right back into gear, with one important exception — Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge has announced that, for safety's sake, no one will be permitted to ride bikes to school until further notice.
“Because of the downed power lines and possible dangers students could face if they happen to make contact with live wires, the chief has advised that it is best to do everything in our power to avoid that risk,” Cronin said. “So, it was strongly suggested that parents either drive or walk kids to school.”
Other than that, both Knollwood and Sickles schools will be opening at the normal times on Monday and will be fully operational with power and heat, Cronin added.
In addition, after care will proceed as usual. And lunch service will be available as well. “However, we are not going to be allowing students to leave for off-campus lunch until further notice,” Cronin said.
Aware that many parents have been inquiring about how the time off from school during and after Hurricane Sandy will affect school schedules, Cronin said that state school officials are telling affected districts to hold off on making any major decisions about calendar alterations for right now.
“Next week, we will make some decisions on likely delaying conferences, the end of the marking period and report card distribution,” Cronin said. “But, as far as possible vacation alterations go, we will not be making those decisions just yet.”
On the return to a normal school routine Monday, Cronin said she and the staff are looking forward to “seeing the children and getting into a normal routine. Today we have the kids here at Knollwood for activities and we can feel their energy and the need to be here. It will be great to see them get back into a normal routine.”