Ice Storm Warning: School Delays

I don’t know which is worse–tons of snow or ice. Actually, ice seems worse and we’re expected to get hit with it until 6 pm tomorrow evening.

Check back often to learn about all local delayed openings and closures for tomorrow:

Updated Wednesday, February 2 at 2:16 pm

Public Schools

Passaic Valley High School CLOSED
Bloomfield Public Schools (90 minute delayed opening)
North Caldwell Public Schools CLOSED
Belleville Public Schools (delayed opening)
Nutley Public Schools (delayed opening)
Clifton Public Schools CLOSED
Little Falls Public Schools CLOSED
Summit Public Schools CLOSED
Chatham Public Schools CLOSED
West Essex Regional Public Schools CLOSED
Millburn Public Schools CLOSED
Newark Public Schools (90 minute delayed opening)
Cedar Grove Public Schools CLOSED
Montclair Public Schools (2 hour delayed opening and all after-school activities are canceled.  After-care is still in place)
South Orange – Maplewood Public Schools (2 hour delayed opening)
West Orange Public Schools (2 hour delayed opening and the West Orange High School band is postponing its concert once again. The new date is Monday, February 7 at 7:30 pm)
Livingston Public Schools CLOSED
Glen Ridge Public Schools (90 minute delayed opening)
Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools CLOSED
Verona Public Schools CLOSED
Wayne Public Schools (90 minute delayed opening)
Orange Public Schools (10:30 delayed opening)
Essex Fells School CLOSED

Private Schools

Aquinas Academy in Livingston CLOSED
Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair CLOSED
Seton Hall Prep in West Orange CLOSED
Kent Place School in Summit CLOSED
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit CLOSED
Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell CLOSED
Saint Clare School in Clifton CLOSED
South Orange Country Day School (10 am delayed opening)
Child’s Way Jewish Montessori in West Orange (2 hour delayed opening)
Montclair Kimberley Academy CLOSED
Montclair Cooperative School CLOSED
Our Lady of the Lake School  in Verona CLOSED
Park Street Academy in Montclair CLOSED
Montessori Children’s Academy in Short Hills CLOSED
South Mountain YMCA’s Child Care Center (9 am delayed opening and no YMCA Before-School Child Care at the Elementary Schools in the South Orange/Maplewood School District)
Lacordaire Academy in Montclair CLOSED
St. Cassian School in Montclair (2 hour delayed opening)
Montclair Community Pre-K (2 hour delayed opening)
Golda Och Academy in West Orange CLOSED
Watchung Cooperative School (will have morning classes from 11 -1 pm)

Colleges and Universities

Montclair State University (11 am delayed opening)
William Paterson University (12:30 pm delayed opening)
Caldwell College (All daytime classes and evening classes are closed)
Bloomfield College  (12 pm delayed opening)
Seton Hall University (10 am delayed opening)

Other Delays and Closings

The Geyer Family YMCA in Montclair (delayed opening of 1 pm)
The Montclair Cooperative School screening of Race to Nowhere scheduled for Wednesday evening is now rescheduled to next Thursday, February 10.
Montclair Art Museum (all activities canceled until 11 am)
The Magic Acorn in West Orange (drop-in classes canceled)
Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange (Zoo CLOSED, but Education Center open at 11 am today for Groundhog Day Festivities)

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  1. If the storm is going to last until 6pm and we already have late openings will we have early dismissals as well? All to avoid another snow day…

  2. I completely don’t get the delayed opening. It’s predicted to be as bad at 10A as it is at 8A. Montclair hasn’t called it yet, but they seem to call these all the time, so I’m just waiting for the call.

  3. The delays will turn into closings and we will all get a call at 5am. Nah, I’ll turn off the ringer….I am not driving in ice again tomorrow.

  4. I believe the answer to “why” is because a delayed opening still counts as a school day. Therefore, Spring Break can remain a full week. If school’s closed, the days are often made up during Spring Break.

    So take your pick, a delayed opening now. Or an odd 3 or 4 day Spring Break.

    Also, I’m not sure about all bus service suspended. Decamp is running.

  5. I just went for a test drive to see what the roads are like. Major roads, like Watchung = passable via ruts that reach to the asphalt. All secondary roads are CRAP. It seems irresponsible to convene school in Mtc. appletween had FOUR substitutes yesterday, so we expect another nonsense school day for him. Ergo, he can stay home for his own good.

  6. When the streets are like an ice skating rink, I think schools should be closed. So, we lose Spring break, there’s nothing to do about the weather. But making people travel in this is dangerous.

    I will not be taking my kid to school today.

  7. BTW Prof, our first day would be made up on the Friday before Memorial Day. Then the 5th starts taking away from Spring Break. Just wanted to clear that up! Who needs the friday before Memorial Day anyway?? Safety first!

  8. As ROC has stated on several occasions, no one “makes” you travel in this weather. If you feel like you cannot safely bring your kid to school, or that it’s dangerous for them to travel by bus, keep them home. And even if the kid is penalized, I’m sure a visit to the school with an explanation will get the absence handled.

    Of course this is true for Spring Break, but since many make plans (or just need a break as any teacher will tell you), and staff are penalized, preserving Spring Break has always been an imperative.

    To be clear, these decisions are difficult and rely on weather, which despite what we know, is still erratic and unpredictable. But after a number of days, closures have to be made up, and taking away days from Spring Break drives people crazy!

  9. Montclair Township just sent out the follwing message:

    “Road conditions are extremely hazardous and motorists are advised to remain off the roads. Many accidents have been reported throughout the area and heavy icing conditions have not improved enough to allow for effective de-icing activities. Please stay off the roads until conditions improve.”

    Yet, schools are open.

  10. (Just dropped off the little prof and went to a store in town. The roads are not that bad. Slushy yes, but not as bad as some other days.)

  11. Bloomfield has mid-terms this week at the high school. Hard to cancel school. My Subaru got around great this AM.

  12. Guess those who got out don’t live on a hill. Can’t get up our driveway — a sheer hill of ice. Even tried walking one daughter up it — couldn’t even walk up it. No school day for us. Tests and exams will have to wait. (and yes, tried to prep the driveway for the ice yesterday, to no avail).

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