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East Penn Schools Will be Open Nov. 28

School board votes 8-1 to make up September "snow" day on Thanksgiving Monday.

Parents in are going to need to save a couple of slices of the Thanksgiving turkey for the lunch box since their kids will be heading to school on .

Nov. 28 officially became a make-up day in East Penn as a result of a vote at last night’s school board meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Thomas L. Seidenberger said that he and his team had spent the better part of the last three weeks . “The consensus is, ‘let’s make up the days before we move into the winter months,’” Seidenberger said.

Seidenberger told the board that the district had learned “through informal channels” that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PA DOE) was not going to excuse East Penn from the second of two days of school missed during the first week of school due to flooded roadways.

Seidenberger also said that he was told that the district likely would have gotten relief from the PA DOE if East Penn had closed down specific schools following two back-to-back hurricanes rather than shutting down the entire district.

“It doesn’t sound fair,” Seidenberger said, “but that’s the information we got from the state department.”

School board President Charles Ballard asked Seidenberger which schools in East Penn would have needed to be closed because of the flooding. The superintendent said that , and were the schools most impacted at the time.

The move to open schools in East Penn on Thanksgiving Monday was approved by an 8-1 vote. School board member Julian Stolz voted against the decision.

East Penn was one of the only school districts open for business yesterday – Columbus Day. , but it became a regular school day so the district could make up the first of the two September “snow” days.

Pat Vallese October 11, 2011 at 09:07 PM
When the roads flood, and there is no bus service, it should be announced as a two hour delay with no bus service. Was the school an island? Were all schools closed in EPSD? The Superintendent over reacted by closing....and plans will have to be changed so the children can attend school...thats if you really care about education. I've never heard of having monday off.....
Lisa Amey October 11, 2011 at 10:20 PM
It doesn't bother me that we are making up this day. I would rather do that then go later in June. What has been on my mind is this: ALL of the schools in East Penn were closed, due to a FEW, specific bus routes being affected by flooding. This didn't make much sense. Also, two years ago when ALL East Penn schools had to close because of NO bus transportation due to the bus driver strike. After only one day of shut down, all schools developed and executed a plan to have school despite this (parent drop-offs, designated drop off and pick up locations, etc.) I keep wondering why those FEW schools affected by the flooding couldn't have done that in this case, and the schools not affected operate as usual. It would have made so much more sense since schools have proven they can have school without bus service, at least for a short time.
Robert Schwoyer October 12, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I see no problem with making up monday. but im not sure why it took the district 2 days to figure out that they can move the bus stops for those roads, and the kids can still go to school without a problem. It would have only taken a phone call like we got the other week when they were at school and the roads flooded. It is not rocket science, there are other roads in the district.
Jim Krippe October 12, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I think it is a major time for changes in the East Penn School District. It appears they cannot make logical emergency decisions. Same thing happened last year when the bus issue came up. Then all they had to do is have the parents drop and pick the student off or the parents could have made other arrangements to get the child to school. The parents had do do something to accomodate the unplanned canceled school day. If you visit any school in the morning you will see many parents dropping off the students. Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays and planned mini vacation times of the year.
careless fills October 26, 2011 at 12:45 AM
I have no problem erring on the side of safety. Flooding conditions can change very rapidly. I'd rather cancel school than use some half-baked alternate pick-up site - that might work for a ongoing or continuing detour where some planning is possible, but not for something that is unexpected and just happened.

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