BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Only three buses were stuck in the snow, one in a snowbank, Monday afternoon, as they left Governor Livingston High School (GL), according to a statement from Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley.
TAPinto learned of the situation at Hunterdon and Murray Hill boulevards through an email from Breaking News Network, just after dismissal time at the high school. At that time, it was thought there were four buses involved.
Later in the day, Dr. Varley sent a statement to TAPinto Berkeley Heights about the event. She said the snowstorm “came as an unpleasant surprise,” since the weather forecast was “for a light coating of no more than an inch of snow followed by rain.” Based on the forecast, no adjustments were made to the school's schedule and, by the time the snow arrived, students were already in school, and it was too late to arrange for an early dismissal, Dr. Varley explained.
Dismissal was at 12:45 p.m., and three buses became stuck after leaving GL. One bus became “trapped in a snowbank and needed roadside assistance to get clear. Thankfully no students or staff were injured,” she wrote. There were two students on that bus, and they were taken back to GL.
Dr. Varley said, “Today’s incident is why I am so very cautious when making decisions about whether or not we need to have a virtual day … sometimes Mother Nature does not cooperate and follow the forecast.”