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.

LongtimeNorthporter November 04, 2012 at 09:19 PM
They just closed school for Monday and Tuesday as per NYSED directive to do so.
Brenda November 04, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Schools now closed! Illegal to open schools and not provide transportation!
MJS November 04, 2012 at 09:21 PM
At least they were honest about how the decision was made. We just moved here from an out of state district that never told the truth. Perhaps they were misinformed about what they were allowed to do. Perhaps it was a simple error, hoping to get kids into a warm building who may be out of power at home or not affect the length of the school year. I appreciate the honesty.
Lauren November 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
NOPOwer November 04, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Our superintendent is lacking in common sense. Did she need the NYS education department to inform her and us that transportation is a requirement for schools to open? I'm sure many have wasted countless hours waiting on gas lines to comply with Mary Lou's premature and apparently illegal decision...thanks alot superintendent!
Ann Kane November 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
But of course schools should not add to the danger of no signal lights on roadways and adding how many thousands of drivers on the roads?????.
Diane November 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
NOPOwer November 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Mary Lou out, Diane in! How could a superintendent of schools not know what most parents knew instinctively?
Francesca LoGiudice Cioffi November 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
If my child goes to catholic school but my home district is closed, will he get transportation?
Mulby November 04, 2012 at 10:35 PM
To ENPT Mom... do you have power in your house? Because I dont, don't have the ability to warm my home, have no food in the fridge and have two boys in the Northport schools... I am staying with relatives so we have a warm, safe place to stay and have at least an hour's ride to get to school... am also new to the district so forming a car pool is difficult... why should my kids fall behind because of these circumstances... also I don't know what route was driven to say it was safe for the buses but my street has three very large trees down along with wires still at 5:34pm Sunday night!
Leah Bush (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I would doubt it, that doesn't make much sense.
kptree November 04, 2012 at 11:26 PM
@Mulby- I am trying to understand your statement "why should my kids fall behind..." So, because your children can't get to school, no one's children should? I am not criticizing just trying to understand what you are saying. As far as your circumstances, even if you could not get your children to school, by virtue of schools being open, your children could still have access to the curriculum. Their teachers could 1. email the assignments 2. post them on the Moodle boards. Math textbooks are online for the elementary, I assume for the middle schools as well. They could be practicing their writing, etc. So it is perfectly understandable that with a 1 hr drive you can't transport them to school, it is not understandable that you feel the district should wait for you to be able to get them to school to open up.
L.I.Karen November 05, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Elwood Schools are closed Monday (except for administrative staff). Wise decision. Staff conference day will take place Tuesday. Hopefully, we'll all be in better shape Wednesday.
A Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Your comment is ridiculous. Thousands of homes in our community do not have power, there are gas lines consisting of hundreds of cars, storm debris is littering the roadsides, some roads are still closed and some traffic signals are not working. Plus, three schools do not even have power. No bus transportation. No cafeteria services. Yet, you want to pretend all is "normal."
A Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 01:44 AM
You live in a fantasy world. Do you understand there are thousands of homes without power, right here in Northport-E.Northport. People do not have gas for their car. Some roads are impassable. Some traffic signals are not working. There was a terrible accident last night at Larkfield and Cedar Road due to a dark traffic signal. The state troopers are there today. Do you really think it is necessary to hold school under these conditions? 1/3 of the buildings still do not have power.
kptree November 05, 2012 at 02:00 AM
@A Taxpayer- your comments are very dramatic. I do not have power back but if school is open I can send my child to a school building where there is electricity and warmth. I know the route to the school is passable and I am willing to offer to carpool with other parents. The school is less than 4 miles away from my home which is a minimal amount of gas to use to travel. I am anxious for school to open but I haven't been letting my child sit around idle. We've studied math, spelling, and read lots of science about weather and the natural world. Tomorrow we'll read some stories and talk about the term "hyperbole". Thanks for providing me with a great example to teach with!
lisa November 05, 2012 at 03:19 AM
If schools are closed on Tuesday - will the polls be open for voters? If not does any one know where to go to vote
Roger November 05, 2012 at 04:12 AM
No kidding A Taxpayer's comments are dramatic. There are 1800 customers without power in the communities served by the Northport / E. Northport school district according to LIPA, so technically, 'thousands' is correct, but barely. 22000 customers are without power in the entire town of Huntington, so our community is in pretty good shape, comparatively speaking. The issue was transportation to the school, not one person's electricity, food, or ability to car pool as Mulby has commented. With over 6000 kids in this district, decisions that best serve the majority have to be made. Moot point by now, but Mulby's me, me, me line of thinking is one of the things wrong with our society today. BTW, sorry you don't have power. I know the feeling. Hang in there, surely better days are ahead!
Diane November 05, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Give it some time.
Mulby November 05, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Do you think I am the only one in this situation? Waiting two more days like they are now doing... according to the powers that be... the electric/power situation is supposed to be at 90% restored by Wed and the gas situation will slowly improve daily. Do you really think it's intelligent to tell parents that they have to transport their children to and from school... there is enough of a back up when the buses are running... can you imagine the mayhem of all of the parents driving their kids? I'm just wondering if you have your power... maybe you would feel differently if you didnt and were transplanted... not trying to "bicker" with anyone just my opinion... and you don't know me so it's not about me me me... it's about my family and all of the other families who are in the same situation as I am... you dont know me and I am the farthest person from "me, me, me"...
WARREN November 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
maybe northport high school can get rid of the 4 assistant principles and free up some cash for the kids transportation needs..........school property taxes are killing long island
Concerned Resident November 05, 2012 at 08:41 PM
All school districts are in uncharted territory. On the one hand, they feel it is necessary to open schools and return some normalcy to a child's life. On the other hand, there are safety concerns that must be contended with. While it is unfortunate that the district had to change its decision about the opening of schools after making a Connect Ed message, that is the reality of the situation. Do not blame aimlessly assign blame to school administrators, since there is no precedence for these types of weather situations and the amount of school time lost.
Diane November 05, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It's the job of the Superintendent and other officials to know these things - - and it is inexcusable that they did not know (or at least take the time to properly ascertain) the facts prior to turning everyone upside down with their mis-information.. Parents made plans and scrambled only to have the District officials "learn" that buses were needed - - something they would have intuited with a dose of common sense. Again, thank God for the State - - since apparently there wasn't a shred of thought given to how to safely accomplish this fools' mission of having kids go to school without bus transport - - not a word of instruction on dropoff schedules, etc.. As I said earlier, was any thought whatsoever given to what would happen, how these kids would get home (2100+ in the high school alone) if an emergency occurred? There is the "emergency release day" every fall - - how would any such evacuation have possibly been able to proceed without buses? For shame, Dr. McDermott and anyone else who participated in this unsafe decision. Thank God the requirements of the State halted the execution of a terrible idea. I think we need new leadership. Last thought - - I object to any plan that may be afoot to abolish the 180 days of school rule due to Sandy - - after all, it's about educating the kids, right? And they deserve every day of education they have coming to them.
Concerned Resident November 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Oh, please tell us how these 180 days of instructional days will be accomplished. We haven't even approached the idea of snow days. Should schools be open on National Holidays, religious holidays, or extend well into the summer? So far you are at seven missed days.
Diane November 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Yes, if need be - - into the summer works. Closing on winter or spring vacation works. Isn't it all about the education of our kids?
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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