Dear Lumberton Parents and Guardians,
Today (Tuesday, October 24), the district made the decision to close schools due to a power failure at the Lumberton Middle School/Bobby’s Run School complex. This decision had to be made within minutes of receiving word that both schools had no power. The district opted to close school, rather than call a two-hour delay, because PSE&G could not guarantee when power would be restored.
Each school in the district has in-place an emergency generator, which provides ancillary power to keep the building safe and minimally operational. The generators do not restore full power to the buildings.
Power was restored by PSE&G around 10:30 a.m. The power outage was caused by high winds and falling tree limbs, which subsequently downed power lines in the area. Today’s missed day will be made up on Friday, May 25, which is one of two inclement weather days built into the calendar.
Tomorrow’s full day of school will be Day 4, as planned. The district has revised the way a cycle day is made up. Traditionally, Lumberton schools carried a missed cycle day over to the next available school day. However, beginning this year, the make-up school day will become the missed cycle day. Today was supposed to be Day 3, therefore, May 25 will be Day 3. After any make-up days, the district will continue following normally-scheduled cycle days.
We apologize for any inconvenience today’s closing caused; however, the safety of our students and staff always comes first.
Lumberton Township School District