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Nor'easter Closes Local Schools Thursday

West Hempstead and Lynbrook school districts cancel classes for Nov. 8.

West Hempstead, Lynbrook and Malverne public schools will be closed Thursday, Nov. 8.

Just as some semblance of normalcy was being restored to schools in Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook, which were closed for more than a week due to Hurricane Sandy, officials have been forced to cancel classses yet again as a Nor'easter slams the area.

Lynbrook students were supposed to finally resume classes on Thursday, but instead district officials have decided to keep them home for a ninth straight school day.

The Malverne and West Hempstead School Districts, which welcomed back students Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 26, also decided to shut down again Thurday. Malverne made the announcement Thursday morning, while West Hempstead was one of the first districts in the area to decide to close.

West Hempstead Schools Superintendent John Hogan cited "the dangerous conditions ... created by this most recent storm" when announcing the Nov. 8 closing.

Our Lady of Peace in Lynbrook, Our Lady of Lourdes in Malverne, and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, which has two campuses in West Hempstead also annouced Thursday morning that they will be closed Nov. 8.

Check back for more local school closing information.

Stephen Takacs November 08, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Hearing a lot of tranforms piping
Tommy Vitale November 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Well just another day the kids will miss school and wont get made up. Two additional paid weeks ooff fff for the teachers tis year and thousands more paid to staff who have done nothing.
BigIdeas November 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I believe there is a state mandated number of days the schools have to be open (180?). If so, you can probably forget about the February week off.
Tommy Vitale November 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM
BigIdeas - yes it is mandated at 180 unless the govenor waves it. Watch it will be waived and te Feb break will be saved
the big kahuna November 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM
so you all know school is closed monday for veterans day. that means the kids have had school once in 2 weeks. do any of you think that they are doing 7 hours of school work at home??? We need to get them back in and cancel all the holidays up until thanksgiving. we are hurting these kids terribly. some seniors need the first half scores for college and they will be hurt by this.
the big kahuna November 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
no way dont make any camp or sumemer vacation plans this year. the kids will be in school until they get 180 days. they are not waiving anything. they never have and they wont now.
WHRes November 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Trust me, the teachers and staff do NOT think of this as a paid vacation. We are ALL suffering the effects of these storms just like you! Many have lost homes or are freezing in dark homes so please don't infer that we want to be in this situation. EVERYONE wants life to get back to normal!
Tara Conry (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
My 5-year-old cousin actually asked his mom (a teacher) to give him "Mommy School" since he's been home for two weeks.
Tommy Vitale November 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Big Kahuna - Cuomo waived days last year for upstate school districts based on Irene. He will wave them this year so the teachers dont whine about working. I would be more than happy to make sure they make up the das but its not going to happen.
Tommy Vitale November 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Teachers are greedy. They will be the first ones to complain about working over February break or worse yet into July. Most importantly the kids need the education. Lets hope the unions do not block th education of the children.
JG November 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
People - all I hear is Teachers are greedy and they will whine about working some more days in the year, all i hear is people complaining about kids not having school, all I hear is frustration and anger. Lets get real here. Be thankful you have a home, maybe power maybe not, be thankful not much happened to Lynbrook, be thankful we have teachers coming back to work and who love to teach out kids. Teach your children at home during this time. Education starts at home first!
Tommy Vitale November 08, 2012 at 07:11 PM
And here is the education kids are learning at hme - teachers are getting paid for doing no work. Lets hope they dont complain about extra days. We dont want to inconvience their expesive vacations
Melissa Pinto November 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
They have to go back sometime,they can't keep them out forever.
the big kahuna November 08, 2012 at 07:25 PM
are you stupid??? do you know how many perople had to go to work today? do you think the world stops because of the snow?? wake up
BigIdeas November 08, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Tommy V is correct on waiving the days. I just saw this in Newsday: In light of superstorm Sandy, the state Legislature might consider relaxing the requirement that schools hold classes for 180 days in an academic year, a key lawmaker said Thursday. Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said he plans on introducing a bill to ease the requirement because so many downstate schools have lost power during the storm and might not return to normal for a while. “This is an extraordinary set of circumstances,” Flanagan said. “It’s real. It’s dire. And it’s something schools have no control over.” Flanagan said he considered introducing a bill “as soon as it’s feasible” and that giving schools flexibility is “a prudent, responsible step.” A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said the chamber would review the idea along with other storm-related issues. Last year, the Legislature waived the 180-day requirement for some schools in the Southern Tier hit by Hurricane Irene.
the big kahuna November 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
maybe we should take the days out of the teachers sick bank. then they will be screaaming to go back
Jason November 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Business as usual in our education dept. Might as well just flush the 3k school taxesdown the toilet......... Does the same thing?
WHRes November 08, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Thank you JG, for pointing that out. Unfortunately there will be 10 more negative comments to follow!
Tara Conry (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 09:16 PM
The Lynbrook school board will still be holding its scheduled meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school. The public is invited to attend.
Darla November 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM
FYI to the Malverne-West Hempstead-Lynbrook Patch, A large part of the residents in Malverne are in Valley Stream district 13 and the Valley Stream Central High School District. Please cover the whole village, we need info too.
Darla November 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Dear "the big kahuna", According to the Nassau BOCES website: School district officials may not schedule days of session on a Saturday or a legal holiday, except Election Day, Washington's Birthday or Lincoln's Birthday. (Education Law 3604(8)). Legal holidays include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Flag Day (second Sunday in June), Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Pursuant to NYS General Municipal Law Section 24, if a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day becomes a legal holiday. For example, if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, Monday January 2 would be a legal holiday on which a school district may not be in session.
Darla November 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
They can't. School district officials may not schedule days of session on a Saturday or a legal holiday, except Election Day, Washington's Birthday or Lincoln's Birthday. (Education Law 3604(8)). Legal holidays include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Flag Day (second Sunday in June), Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Pursuant to NYS General Municipal Law Section 24, if a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day becomes a legal holiday. For example, if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, Monday January 2 would be a legal holiday on which a school district may not be in session.
Joe Vitale November 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Lynbrook closed again Friday
MomOfOne November 09, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Yeah...you're right. That's what it's all about--giving the Lynbrook teachers another day off....
Jason November 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Been there done that in that kangaroo court. Just as the budget vote ............waste of time and energy. The mass exodus from LI shows the futility here.
Jason November 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Return the 6% time lost and deduct the 6% from the salaries! As any profitable responsible enterprise!
MomOfOne November 09, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Dear Big Kahuna and Tommy Vitale, Please understand that you both need grammar, punctuation and capitalization instruction. This is learned in the first through third grades. Report to any of Lynbrook's elementary schools where any one of the fine teachers will be glad to instruct you. -
Darla November 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM
FYI: For those living in Malverne in the Valley Stream School District 13, schools will be open Friday. Power has not been restored to Willow Road School. Willow Road students will be transported to either Howell or Dever.
Tara Conry (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Information on Lynbrook's Nov. 9 closing is here: http://malverne-lynbrook.patch.com/articles/lynbrook-public-schools-closed-friday-nov-9
WHRes November 09, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I don't know why everyone is blaming the teachers and school staff for the problems associated with a natural disaster. The schools have been closed because there are wide spread power outages, dangerous driving conditions, gas shortages and, in some neighborhoods, flooding. No one wants their kids to be denied an education but does anyone really want to risk their safety? How would you respond if, heaven forbid, a school bus got into an accident because of traffic lights that don't work or downed power lines? You would blame the school districts for opening up on a day when they should have taken every precaution to keep the children safe! And why is there this "witch hunt" mentality that demands that school employees lose their salaries because of circumstances that are out of their control? Would you expect to be docked if there was an emergency that caused you to not be able to do your job for a few days? I am sure many of you have had to take days off to try to recover from this terrible situation that we all find ourselves in. Instead of pointing fingers at others and trying to place blame we should be banding together to do whatever is necessary to get everyone back on their feet so that we can return to "normal" as soon as possible!

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