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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."

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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