Commack School District announced no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 6 despite school officials' best efforts to open on Election Day.
Commack superintendent Donald James published a written statement on the district's website Monday evening saying the district had been informed by its bus company too many local roadways are still impassable. That in addition to Long Island's ongoing gasoline shortage makes it difficult to transport students.
James said the district still does not have telephone service in some of its buildings, many of which are polling sites on Election Day. Many residents are expected to enter the buildings to cast their votes for federal and local elections, which could create a safety concerns with students present, James said.
He promises Commack parents:
Know that we understand the importance of reopening schools and we share your frustration as we are forced to close yet another day. Be assured that we will do everything possible, including working with State and local officials and agencies, to reopen on Wednesday, November 7.
On Tuesday, four of Commack's secondary school buildings will continue to serve as warming and charging centers for residents who are still without power from 11 a.m - 8 p.m.
"...We are all dealing with unprecedented challenges and I am proud to say that I have seen friends and neighbors pull together in these trying times. It is clear, Commack is a strong, caring community willing to help one another in any way possible," James wrote in Monday's announcement.
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