After Sandy, Livingston Public Schools have opened their doors to students displaced by the storm. There have been adjustments to the school calendar. And charity drives to help neighborhoods deemed unlivable.
Livingston Public Schools closed for five days after Sandy. We’ve already made up three of the days lost to the storm (Election Day and Teacher’s Convention), which leaves one snow day remaining to carry us through for winter.
If schools need to close, additional snow days will be taken away from the Spring Recess, in the following order: March 25, March 26, March 27, and March 28.
See the revised calendar for this academic year (pending BOE approval on December 10) on the District’s Web site by clicking here. (While there, you’ll see the changes the BOE did approve for the next two years as well).
There have been countless acts of kindness, charity and support since the storm slammed the state. A shoe drive inspired by a Livingston student. Stuff the Bus. Notebooks and pencils donated for students whose schools are too badly damaged to reopen. And for one family not yet allowed to return to their home on Long Island, a sense of normalcy for their children as they transitioned into Livingston Public Schools.
“It’s been an almost seamless adjustment,” said the children’s mother, overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from school guidance counselors, teachers and principals who have worked together to create a positive class climate. The District’s Registrar, Amy Ennis, is credited with getting the children into school as quickly as possible. (Learn more about the registration process by clicking here ).
“So many people are homeless after the storm,” said the mother, whose town on the Barrier Islands remains under mandatory curfew. Staying with family in Livingston, her son came home from school happy after a good day at school.
“They switched my lunch table,” he said. “Now I’m sitting with all my friends.”
“All your friends?” his mother replied. “You’ve been here a week!”
Livingston schools are partners in town-wide effort to provide relief for ‘adopted’ South Jersey communities. Schools are collection sites for needed items, with volunteers stuffing a yellow school bus on Friday, November 30, with donations delivered the next day to the Sandy-ravaged communities.
Important School Calendar Changes 2103-2014 and 2014-2015 : Revised calendars for next two academic years shorten February recess and end school earlier in June.
SEPAC: Special Education-Parent Advisory Committee
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