UPDATE H-H Plans to Reopen Schools Thursday

Hatboro-Horsham School District intends to open the schools on Thursday that have power.

It's still up in the air if all of the schools in the Hatboro-Horsham School District will have power Thursday morning.

As of Wednesday evening five had power - Hatboro-Horsham High School, Keith Valley Middle School, Simmons, Crooked Billet and Blair Mill elementary schools - and at a minimum those buildings will be open Thursday and all employees would need to report to work, Superintendent Curtis Griffin told Patch.

Daycare would resume at normal times at those buildings, Griffin said. 

Power has also been restored to the district's administration building, he said. 

"It’s our understanding that the other two buildings may go online this evening," Griffin said of Hallowell and Pennypack elementary schools. As of 9:45 p.m., the buildings' power had not been restored and Griffin said those schools would not open on Thursday.

Griffin said he did not have a timetable for when power would be completely restored. 

"That’s in the hands of PECO," he said just after 7 p.m. Wednesday. "I’ll know when they tell me or when the lights come on."

With Hallowell and Pennypack lacking power, he said the district would have a "partial opening of school tomorrow."

Even with not all of the district's schools are able to open on Thursday, Griffin said it would not impact the school year, or when students break for summer vacation.

"Those schools that are closed will not be required to make up those days," Griffin said. 

Parents have voiced concerns about roadways still closed following Hurricane Sandy and bus stops that are inaccessible. Griffin said he is aware that "There will be some challenges" and said the district would work through them.

"It will not run smoothly," he said, adding that officials drove through Hatboro and Horsham to "get a clear understanding" of hazards still present in terms of roadway obstructions, downed wires and non-functioning traffic lights. 

For parents concerned about sending their children to school, Griffin said Thursday would be an excused absence for students unable to attend "for whatever reason."

J.poirier October 31, 2012 at 09:14 PM
High school bus stops are still closed. .......Jefferson ave is closed Moreland ave is closed
J.poirier October 31, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Power lines are down and able to be handled by children all over this area
Bailey October 31, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Yeah what about the bus stops that are closed. Plus it's not fair that some schools have to go in and some don't.
Bailey October 31, 2012 at 09:30 PM
At least give us a 2 hour delay
Brenda October 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Are we children? "its not fair" ? I say if there is power in the schools let them open. The kids have missed enough school already, not to mention they must be getting cabin fever!
Brenda October 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
If your worried about the safety at the bus stops then feel free to drive them to school. Or possibly start a car pool to get them there safely!
liz October 31, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The point is that its unsafe to have kids attending school there are lines down everywhere and buses wont be able to pick up kids due to closed roads two of the three schools that have power are elementry school if elementary students are walking home from bus stops whos to say that they wont find a wire down and decide to play with it. Id rather them have cabin fever than be electrocuted. And whats the point of only having three schools out of seven open its only going to put the kids who dont have school behind. If the roads are serious enough to postpone a holiday like halloween they are serious enough to keep schools closed
Mark Schumann October 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
i agree 100%. i think the district needs to rethink their reasoning
Denise May October 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM
What about if you have a child at an elementary school that won't go in and a child in high school to watch them when you're a full time working parent? Things like this need to be taken into consideration.
Kate October 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM
There are still many trees down, and poles. I do not feel that it is a safe decision to send them to school tomorrow. I also feel that either all schools go, or all school don't. It is simpler that way.
HarleyGirl04 November 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I also think they've missed enough time, however the streets are not safe at this time and what about people who've had to leave their homes due to power outages. More then 70% of Horsham is without power.
Amy McKinney November 01, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Use your own parental discretion and be lucky you have a school to report to and a computer to post from. If your letting your elementary school aged child walk home alone than you obviously "trust" them. Tell them not to touch any wires. People are pathetic. As it was said...if you choose not to send your child it is an excused absence.
Mark Schumann November 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
This is a large inconvinence to me, for now i have to find someone to look after my son until my older son gets home from school. Thanks HH
Amy McKinney November 01, 2012 at 12:26 AM
School is not your "babysitter" what do you do when your child is sick? Keep your older child home as well. Of this is the only incomveniece you are suffering, I'll say it again, consider yourself lucky. Many people lost everything.
Al November 01, 2012 at 12:35 AM
What a bunch of whiners. No wonder your kids can't make school a priority ... you make up excuses to keep them home. Did you read the last paragraph? It said that Thursday would be an excused abscence. So, in case your kids haven't had enough video games for the last three days, you can give them another day of being lazy. As for me, my kids could have gone back on Tuesday, and I am quite sure that I could have gotten them there and back safely.
kmac November 01, 2012 at 10:51 AM
WOW I am mow convinced that the parents are the reason we have a generation of overindulged spoiled brats. REALLY!!!!! stop whinning and get it together this is a time to show our kids how to work together as a community, help one another and get back to work.
Stacy M November 01, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Wow I've never seen so many people complain about school going back. My poor kid wanted to go back today and fought me cause I refuse to let her make other sick. My only complaint with them going back today is that the phone systems are down. Over an hour of trying ever number I gave up and emailed a homeroom teacher, that may not get seen but it was a chance worth taking
Debbie M. November 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I agree with the other posts above! If you do not want to send your child to school becuase you don't think it is safe, you don't have someone to watch them because your other children have school or you don't think it's fair that one school is open and not another then keep your child/children at home!! You should be thankful that you only lost power and not your home or car or even better yet- Your life and your families' life!! Take a look at the news or read about those that did lose something in either NJ or NY!!! A mother was stuck in water and was carrying her children ( ages 2 and 4) and they ended up being swept away in the flood water. BE THANKFUL!!!!!
Kim November 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I agree with the many posters above! Get it together people. These are the same people complaining that Hatboro didnt cancel Halloween. I saw many MANY children out in Hatboro yesterday trick-or-treating and having a GREAT time. I also spoke to alot of homeowners giving out candy who were still without power and they all said that giving out candy was the highlight of their week. It was a small happiness in the aftermath of the storm. There were people out with lights on their heads or in their driveways and smiling away seeing the trick or treaters. It was a community coming together. Jus tlike KMAC said, this is a time to show our kids how to work together as a community and get back to some normalcy. Show your kids how to persevere...not how to whine and make excuses.


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