Following a 5am conference call between Township officials, Emergency personnel, DPW, the LSTA and Askonim, the decision was made to cancel morning busing.
Despite the fact that as of now (about 6am) there is only rain outside, temperatures are expected to drop drastically over the next couple of hours, bringing with it heavy snow and sleet.
“It was not an easy decision, but we could not take the responsibility of buses getting stuck in a fast-moving and dangerous storm and putting children’s lives at risk,” a Township official told TLS.
The official added, “The need to get to school, work and appointments has to be considered, and it is tough to make those decisions – especially when you look out the window and see rain. However, the decisions are based on weather models and conditions on the ground in areas currently in storm’s path.”
Parents are urged to call their school’s hotline for individual school information.
As earlier reported, public schools are all cancelled.
A decision regarding afternoon busing will be made at approximately 8:15 this morning.
Regarding the brine placed in the roads ahead of storm, on he DPW says it was not a waste, as the material does not get washed away easily, and can withstand hours of heavy rain.
The National Weather Service is still predicting between 5-10 inches of snow, with 1-2 inches per hour during the morning hours.
Speed restrictions are in place on the Garden State Parkway.
UPDATE 8:30 AM: Afternoon busing has just been cancelled as well.
Good Morning. Good decision. Safety first. I hope that the schools consider safety first too and cancel. I guess everyone will have their Mid Winter Vacation weekend together after all!
I wish schools would update their hotlines! Had no idea what was going on till came here
Schools should close and if not children should stay home. Spend the day with your kids. They will remember it for a lifetime.
Why do they cancel school 12 hours before the storm starts,It’s not like kids make other plans, let them cancel in the morning after there’s an actual storm..
its gusty with poor visibility…it probably won’t be super safe situation on the roads….
Limud hatorah is not something easily forgotten either. Think what message that sends to your children that you relish their day off. At least take it with a krechtz
Einer Aza, we relish the day spent bonding together with our children. No one said limud hatorah is out! Learn with your children at home and spend quality time together. Limud Torah doesn’t stop for snow but a day together where love and family time is shared is something a child remembers forever. Don’t krechtz. Say yes. Today we get time to learn and play together. I am so happy!
It looks like the storm was cancelled
Why does a Lakewood Twp plow truck have 2 employees inside?
Sometimes plows get stuck. When that happens, the 2 guys in the truck get out and shovel out.
Sometimes, inconsiderate people leave garbage bins in the street. The 2 guys in the truck work go out and remove them. The 2 guys are not there to drink hot chocolate. They are working and working hard. Have a little respect for them, and you will be out on the streets a little faster.
Roads are fine!!
Snow wasn’t so bad. Saw a lot of people walking around the lake
The storm wasn’t as bad as it was predicted to be but it is better to keep our children safe rather because even if the roads look safe, they most likely are not.
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