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Point Road Opening Tuesday, Little Silver Schools on Full-Day Schedules

Parent-teacher conferences will force half-days Thursday and Friday

Markham Place and Point Road School students will resume regular schedules Tuesday after attending classes on a split schedule Monday due to continued problems at Point Road.

However, students will only resume a full schedule after nearly two weeks of inactivity on Tuesday and Wednesday, with early dismissals Thursday and Friday for parent-teacher conferences, Superintendent Carolyn Kossack announced Monday evening.

Little Silver children split time at Markham Place Monday after plans to reopen both schools were dashed due to a smoking electrical panel discovered at Point Road Saturday morning. Kossack, in a letter to the community on the district's website, said Point Road was deemed safe and operational at 11:20 a.m. today.

"Thanks to the cooperation and flexibility of the Little Silver police and the Little Silver staff, the day went quite smoothly. As always, I appreciate parental support and flexibility in adjusting to the change in schedule for today," Kossack wrote.

The superintendent has said she choose to receive students on a split schedule because of the time lost due to Hurricane Sandy and the need to establish normal routines.

But the full-day routine will only be in effect Tuesday and Wednesday.

Children will be dismissed early for the parent-teacher conferences with Kossack saying she decided to retain the planned schedule after consulting with staff.

"Some parents have inquired as to whether or not consideration could be given to postponing the conferences... There is absolutely no disputing that we all want to resume a normal, full-day schedule. There is also no disputing that having half-days after school was closed because of the disaster is not ideal," Kossack wrote.

However, "the resounding complaint that I’ve heard from parents, as of late, is that they felt schedules kept changing... While I understand the desire to return students to a full-day schedule, I also know that many parents have planned for the upcoming conferences.  There is no single decision that will make everyone happy, therefore I must err on the side of minimizing change, and maintain the conference schedule as published."

Muriell Puce November 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It is obvious the children need structure and a return to the regular routine. I am confident most of the posturing and machinations by Dr. Kossack is to appease the community and justify her salary. The bottom line is the 5 days of dismissal at 12:30 satisfies the requirement of a "full" day.
Carolyn Wassrfall November 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I would love to here what our governor thinks of all these ridiculous responses
Stephanie Pianoforte November 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Night conferences = subs. I'm confused. FYI my third child in Markham and I've yet to ever have a conference out if those 100 students , maybe 40 tops schedule them. The kids need school more than the parents need their conferences. If its that important- call the teacher or go at night. 5 1/2 days? C'mon
PR Parent November 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Contract only allows the teachers to work a specific number of hours in a day. If conferences were to be held only in the evening the teachers would not be permitted to teach all day and then meet with parents at night.
Dentss Dunnagun November 17, 2012 at 08:39 PM
But ...but ....what ever happen to "it's for the kids" ?....I guess whenever sacrifices must be done it just pertains to the taxpayer and his never ending tax increases to the schools

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