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Weather Advisory in Effect: Warren Schools Cancel After School Activities and Issue Update on PARCC

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WARREN, NJ - Due to anticipated bad weather, all after school activities, at all Warren Township schools,and play practice at Warren Middle School have been canceled for today. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday afternoon through  Wednesday morning for snow, sleet and freezing rain. Precipitation is expected to start around 3 p.m. with 1-3 inches of snow before changing to sleet and freezing rain.
Warren Township Schools issued a snow letter and update regarding PARCC testing.
 
We are pleased to inform you that PARCC administration has been very smooth in grades 3 and 6 over the past two days. Students and teachers have done an excellent job utilizing the technology and student stress levels appear to be very low. The working times established by PARCC are the high end of the student working time range for each test session based on field test data collected by PARCC last year. Warren students have been completing assessment sections well before the allotted time set by PARCC has been reached.
 
Our biggest challenge this week has been weather. Forecasters are calling for the potential of a heavy snow on Thursday. Based on the testing experiences the first two days and the desire to preserve instructional days moving forward, an adjustment will be made to this week’s PARCC schedule. On Wednesday, March 4 students will take Language Arts Section Part 3 and Mathematics Section Part 1 in two separate testing sections. Testing schedules will vary slightly by building, but students will generally have one testing session in the AM and the second testing session in the PM. The goal is to complete testing in grades 3 and 6 this week so as not to impact next week’s schedule. If the weather forecast requires an additional change, this will be communicated as well.
 

Moving forward, the district’s PARCC administration schedule will constantly be evaluated so the assessments can be conducted with minimal impact to the instructional schedule. Doing so will maintain routines, minimize impact on daily instruction and be in the best interest of students and all involved in the assessment.
 
 
Expect slippery conditions and possible closures on Hillcrest Rd., Washington Ave., Warrenville Rd. and Morning Glory Rd. in Warren.
 
Warren Township Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you. Stay safe "
 
I- 78 and I-287 will be impacted along with local roads. Bridges and overpasses are the first to ice over. If driving, reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination.
 
If you do have to go out on the roads, bring emergency supplies and a fully charged mobile phone.
 
 
If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists: 
 
PSE&G: 800-436-7734 
JCP&L: 888-544-4877 
 
Treat all downed power lines as if they are still live. Do not approach or touch any downed line. It is encouraged to charge all cell phones and have extra batteries in the event you lose power. 
 
Please help the Department of Public Works with snow removal by removing your vehicle from the side of the road. Do not push snow from your driveway back onto the street. Do not call 9-1-1 about snow removal from your street. 
 
After the storm, remember to clear all snow and ice for your vehicle, sidewalks and fire hydrants.

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