Storm Aftermath: Local School Districts Close or Delay
With significant damage from Tropical Storm Ida in some portions of western Montgomery County, and most facing clean-up duties Thursday (Sept. 2, 2021) morning and beyond, local school districts made decisions to suspend classes or delay their openings. These reports were as of 6:04 a.m.:
Pottsgrove schools are closed. According to its website, “All Pottsgrove Schools will be closed today, Thursday, September 2nd due power outages, road conditions, and storm debris. Please be safe. Thank you.”
Pottstown schools are closed. “Due to the serious weather-related damage and safety concerns related to the Tropical Storm IDA, both in town and on district grounds, the Pottstown School District will be closed for all students and staff tomorrow, Thursday, September 2, 2021,” its website said.
Owen J. Roberts schools are closed. “All OJRSD schools will be closed today, Thursday, September 2, 2021, due to the road conditions and impact of the storm. No school activities will be held. Please stay safe!,” according to its website.
Spring-Ford Area schools are closed (as of 7 a.m.; earlier they were on 2-hour delay). “Due to current conditions and out of an abundance of caution, the Spring-Ford Area School District will be closed today, Thursday, September 2, 2021. All district buildings and offices will be closed. All after-school activities will be canceled or postponed. Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center will also be closed today, September 2, 2021,” it stated.
Perkiomen Valley schools are closed. “Due to the impact of yesterday’s storm, PVSD will be closed today, Thursday September 2nd,” its website reported. “Stay safe! Reminder, there is no school for students September 3-7. Students return Wednesday, September 8, 2021,” it added.
Upper Perkiomen schools are closed. “All UPSD schools and offices are CLOSED TODAY (9/2) due to area flooding,” its website said. “We will not be utilizing a flexible instruction day, and students will NOT be expected to work from home. There will be no Western Center classes for UP students today. There are currently power outages within the district, including at Marlborough, we have no access to the bus depot on Water Street, and general road conditions are poor. We will make a decision about after school and evening activities by 1pm and communicate that information. There will also be no non-public bus service.”
Boyertown Area schools delayed opening. “Due to the flooding throughout our district, all BASD schools and offices will operate on a 2-hour delay on Thursday, September 2, 2021, for all staff and students. Non-public transportation will also operate on a two-hour delay,” its website said. “Please be advised that we will continue to monitor the situation and will reassess conditions in the morning. Please continue to monitor your phones and emails for any necessary updates.”
Daniel Boone Area schools on flexible instruction. Its website reported that “due to yesterday’s inclement weather resulting in several road closures within our district commute, all learners will be utilizing a Flexible Instructional Day today, Thursday, September 2, 2021. Buildings will be closed to in-person instruction. Students are to follow their typical daily schedule; remotely from home (FID), to access their instruction from professional staff. Professional staff and Academic Support Staff (aids) will work remote from home to support students. All buildings and offices will remain open for operation.”
Phoenixville Area schools are closed. The district website said “PASD Schools are closed Thursday, September 2nd. In response to Hurricane Ida, all PASD schools are closed today. Be safe everyone!”
Additionally, Montgomery County Community College went virtual. “MCCC’s physical locations are not accessible for Thursday, 9/2, due to the weather. All classes and services are available online,” its website said.