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Holmdel Public Schools Closed Wednesday, Nov. 7

The school district announced the closure around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Holmdel school district superintendent has announced that schools will be closed on Wednesday, said Holmdel Board of Education Vice President Robin Wetmore.

A decision about opening on Thursday has not yet been announced, she said. 

The Office of Emergency Management, the police chief and the schools' director of operation consult daily on whether to open. "It's not just a simple yes-no," said Wetmore.

Today the team had to consider the readiness of the schools, the lack of power and the impending nor'easter which is predicted to bear down on the area Wednesday night into the Thursday. 

Holmdel schools were scheduled to be closed Tuesday for Election Day, and Thursday and Friday for the NJEA convention, but that has since been cancelled. 

Chris November 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
We need better notice on school opening. We are pressuring JCP&L for better information and our own school system should be just as responsive.
Eve November 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like our schools' opening is mostly dependent on JCP&L's progress. I would imagine that the board and the school administration do not get much info from the power company either. Still, it would be great to know in advance, of course.
Chris November 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Especially in light that many of us have no heat...perhaps we might make other choices in terms of where we stay. Many other townships are giving more notice...
JerseyGirl November 07, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Seriously how can they open school when power has not been fully restored! Shame on this town!!!
Christine November 07, 2012 at 12:49 PM
4:00 pm for a phone call? That is just awful. Last we had heard from the Board of Ed was a lengthy message a few days before, essentially promising us back-to-school on Wednesday (which even at the time sounded unreasonable given the lack of power). All along this new storm was expected, and still so much of Holmdel is out of power. Such late notification from the BOE is really unacceptable when all the facts were on the table hours and hours beforehand. Families have so much to deal with and plans to make. I know for us, during a family emergency yesterday, we left our children behind in Holmdel with their grandparents just so they could go back to school, only to be called by Barbara Duncan at 4:00pm that school was again cancelled. By then it was too late and our plans were ruined. I am really upset about this and hope the BOE is reading Patch this morning.
Ariana November 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
They have to decide. With the trees so weak and probably going to get even weaker after tonight. I don't think it's a good idea to send kids to school. Also I believe they should not tell us one day at a time. If they're going to cancel the whole week tell everyone. Don't leave it a day at a time

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