Hasn't BRRSD learned from it's "best and brightest"? (I.e. The obnoxious parents who live in this district.)
The lesson BRRSD should learn from them? The squeaky wheel gets oiled.
Yesterday morning I got an e-mail stating:
We have been in contact with
both power companies (PSE&G and JCP&L), but at this time they
are unable to provide us with a specific timeline for power
restoration. Bridgewater Township has informed us that roads are in
much better shape today and therefore we are expecting buses to have an
easier time in picking up students.
(And then an update last night)
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community,
Holten School, Hamilton School, and Eisenhower School are still without
power and will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2. PSE&G is
currently at the Middle School and we have been told that electricty
will be fully restored by 11:00 PM tonight. Therefore we are
anticipating that the Middle School will be ready for opening tomorrow
morning at regular starting time. All other schools will open
at regular scheduled start times tomorrow.
Many parents have
asked when the remaining schools will be open. The best I can offer is
that JCP&L has stated that they will not be in the area until
Thursday. We are pushing hard for them to be here sooner. Also,
the Bridgewater Public Library wanted me to share with parents that they
will be showing drop-in movies tomorrow from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM.
there are any changes to this email, I will notify only the parents and
staff members of the affected schools tomorrow morning. As power is
restored to the remaining schools in the next few days, I will notify
only the parents and staff members of those schools. This will be the
last eblast sent to the entire school community, but I will continue to
issue daily updates on the district website.
To summarize: Van
Holten, Hamilton, and Eisenhower are closed tomorrow; all other schools
including the Middle School will open at regular start times.
Michael Schilder, Superintendent
Aren't schools, like hospitals, a priority for electric companies? Where are the politicians??? Why can't the District, together with the Township, or even regional representatives, lobby strongly enough to persuade companies to prioritize returning power to schools?
I'd be happy if our schools would open even without electricity. Yes, I know that would break fire codes, but for thousands of years children learned without electricity. (Allow me to fantasize in today's blog about a school where learning takes precedent over administrative restrictions). Couldn't we somehow think outside of the box and double up in classrooms - splitting children across the district? Alternately maybe we could find space offsite, like sending students/teachers to RVCC's theater for character education, or for an astronomy lesson at RVCC's planetarium? I'm sure with some out-of-the-box thinking we could come up with great opportunities. And if parents didn't want their kids to go to an off-site location... then could choose to keep them home. Plus, kids who are living in houses without heat can get warmed up during the day.
Necessity is the mother of invention. I'm ready to let our creative juices flow because if nothing else, I've learned this: I'm not interested in home schooling! Nor am I happy about losing Spring Break to unplanned days off in October and early November. Snow days are fun - when there is snow. This year each snow day will be a reminder: our kids (at least at the schools that are closed) will be sitting in classes when the rest of the district - and the rest of the country are kicking back
Have kids hand-write persuasive letters to the various power companies, or maybe write emergency management guidelines for the Township. We can turn this into a math lesson (budgeting the cost of a generator - or profit and loss for local businesses, or power necessary to run a town). Use physical ed time to pick up branches (I'm joking, of course).
Of course I realize that JCP&L is the real enemy here, not the district. But as I'm not a JCP&L customer I feel I have little recourse. If I were their customer I'd be calling every five minutes. E-mailing the Mayor, the Governor and anyone else who will advocate for me. As parents we should also be up in arms. Our kids in this section again are not getting the education that the rest of the district is.
Take them back, BRRSD! Teach our kids! They're all yours!