MORRISTOWN, NJ - The latest storms to hit the Morristown area caused snow, down trees and electrical wires, and left schools and residents without power. The result, was the closure of  all public schools on Thursday March 8 and Friday March 9. These closures have caused the Morris School District to exceed its allotted emergency closing days for the year, wrote Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast in an email to parents.

"We have worked hard to try to preserve the continuity of instruction", continued Pendergrast. "However, the cumulative impact of multiple storms within a week has resulted in more than just snow removal issues. Downed trees and electrical wires, dangerous hanging branches, poor sight lines on roads, limited sidewalks, narrowed parking lots and streets and over 5,000 residents without power were ultimately too much to overcome with this last storm.

The result is that students will have to make up for lost time during spring break in April. The original five day school break will now be cut down to three. Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6 will now be regular school days, wrote Pendergrast.

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If more days are needed, the district will use additional days during the Spring Break.

In addition to taking back days over Spring Break, Pendergrast stated that "all FMS and MHS Parent Conferences on March 14​ ​ ​and March 15​​ are postponed​ until further notice, and both days will be full regular school days".

Parents who would like to discuss their child’s achievement can contact the school and teacher to schedule a face-to-face or phone call meeting.

"Looking forward, the extended forecast shows volatile and cold weather through March", concluded Pendergrast. "In light of this, we will make all efforts to ensure an optimal learning environment. Your continued patience and cooperation is appreciated".


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