Updated: Northport Schools CLOSED Monday and Tuesday

Superintendent revokes decision to open schools, no bus transportation available.

Sunday, 7 p.m.

Elwood Schools are CLOSED Mondat and Tuesday.

From the District website: All after school activities will be cancelled including the PTA Reflections event. On Tuesday, school will be closed for superintendent's conference day, as previously scheduled. The Superintendent hopes that all schools will be open on Wednesday Nov 6. He will make this decision no later than 5 pm Tuesday evening and inform you of same soon thereafter.  This decision will be influenced by local road conditions which must allow for the safe transport of students on our school  buses, along with our staff's ability to commute to work. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try and move toward normalcy. Please check the district website for any updates.

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

Northport-East Northport School District Superintendent Marylou McDermott reportedly issued a ConnectEd call to parents revoking her initial decision to reopen schools Monday and Tuesday.

According to parents reporting on Northport Patch and Facebook, the ConnectEd message said schools are now CLOSED Monday and Tuesday. The school district reportedly revoked the decision after becoming aware that it is illegal to open public schools without bus service.

Original Story

School will resume for the Northport-East Northport School District on Monday and Tuesday, despite a continuing gas shortage and residents still in the dark from Hurricane Sandy. Bus transportation will not be available.

Elwood School District hopes to reopen schools, but is still evaluating conditions. We will update you once we hear back.

Parents have voiced concern over Northport Superintendent Marylou McDermott's decision to reopen schools, citing dangerous road conditions and gas shortages that may prevent some from driving their children. Some students will reportedly have to be relocated to other schools due to continuing power outages.

Do you think school should resume Monday? Will you be sending your children to school?

Tell us in the comments.

janey v. November 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
diane - are you seriously ready to dismiss the super because of this based on the limited info. found here in the patch? you sound like you have quite an axe to grind. in the end, the right decision was made, regardless. and as for an emergency, is your assumption that all the districts busses would be on site when this so called emergency dismissal would happen? parents would be racing to pick up their kids busses or not. i wonder if you will be attending the emergency board of ed mtg. tonight to constructively voice your concerns, or will you spend your time spouting off here on the patch. nevermind. already know the answer to that one.
Diane November 06, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Such vitriol. Wow. I said, I think we need new leadership. If your interpretation of that is dismiss the superintendent , so be it. If interpretation of that would be new board members, so be it. I stand by the fact that after a potentially-disastrous decision such as this, we need new leadership - - leadership that takes the safety of our students into account first and foremost. To even have considered having the students come to school without bus transport was beyond the pale and shows such an extreme lack of judgment as to require severe consequences. I have no ax to grind; why is it that to expect individuals to do their jobs with intelligence and forethought means one has an ax to grind? My comments were not based on the info on Patch but on the facts of the situation as such existed - - and to state that "...parents would be racing to pick up their kids..." is simplistic and illogical. To arbitrarily place our students in such a situation is flawed thinking. And no, I was home with my family not at the board of ed meeting waiting a turn to speak my piece. I do, in fact, prefer to speak my mind on Patch. Thanks for the opportunity, Patch!
Ellen November 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Cancel the "winter break"! 5 days back right there!
Rob Onion November 08, 2012 at 03:46 PM
N.Y. EDN. LAW § 3635 : NY Code - Section 3635: Transportation
Rob Onion November 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
NY Ed Law: "Sufficient transportation facilities (including the operation and maintenance of motor vehicles) shall be provided by the school district for all the children residing within the school district to and from the school they legally attend, who are in need of such transportation because of the remoteness of the school to the child or for the promotion of the best interest of such children."


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