After six days of cancelled classes, school is back in session tomorrow, according to Sachem's PR Director Chris Vaccaro, who was debriefed by Superintendent James Nolan.
According to Vaccaro, all 18 buildings have power and the Red Cross shelter that had been set up at Sachem High School East during Hurricane Sandy is in the process of clearing out of the building by end of day today. Vaccaro said he did not know where the shelter or its more than 100 tenants are planning to move to, but that they will be gone when students arrive to class tomorrow morning. Phone calls to the Red Cross Long Island office were not immediately returned. Patch will update this story when contact is made with the Red Cross.
The decision to open is not without some caution, however; the district is keeping a close eye on the coming nor'easter, due to hit Long Island late Tuesday night.
"Stay tuned for any updates regarding the storm," Vaccaro said. "If there's any power outages we'll let the community know, but hopefully everything will be fine and we should be fully operational on Wednesday."
The opening includes all before and after school activities, including three varsity playoff games. Sachem North and Sachem East Boy's Soccer will be on the road for 2 p.m. games at Newfield and Half Hollow Hills West, respectively. The Sachem North Boy's Volleyball team will be at Smithtown East at 5 p.m.
A decision has yet to be made from the NYS Education Department regarding how districts should handle the school days lost during the hurricane. Once a decision has been handed down, Vaccaro said Nolan will debrief the community.