Centennial Schools Open on Friday

Power has been restored to all the buildings. Full transportation will be provided for all students.

The following message has been posted on the Centennial School District website and e-mailed to parents Thursday night:

Centennial School District will be OPEN on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Power has been restored to each of our buildings, and we are eager to welcome our students back.

Transportation will be restored to all schools in Centennial, as well as to our non-public schools.

MBIT remains closed on November 2, 2012.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated this challenging weather event.

We are delighted to be able to resume school!  

Jennifer E. Cressman, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools


J.J.B. November 02, 2012 at 02:46 AM
We're still without power here in Warminster. Don't look for my children at WTHS on Friday.
BG November 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
You will not see my son either as we are also without power. Ridiculous move opening the schools when there are so many residents still without power.
Tired of Hypocrisy November 02, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Centennial School District - We care about our students. Yeah, right, you certainly are showing your concern. Instead of opening the schools while there are neighborhoods without power, how about you opened the schools as shelters for those that need it? No, you wouldn't think of doing that. Idiotic to open while there is no power in area's. Cafeteria have fresh food? Doubt it and most that lost power do not have food to send in with their children for lunch. The District Administrators never cease to amaze.
Warminster Resident November 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Umm - the schools didn't even have power until late Thursday evening, so opening them as a shelter was not possible. For some parents, coming to school will be the first lights their children will have seen all week, and it will be the most heat they've had all week, so perhaps there is a positive spin. Cafeterias are on their own generators to avoid food spoilage.
Lavender Green November 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
It is sad that so many people are suffering through this natural occurrence. I agree the schools should not open today, I also agree that the high school now that it has power should be opened as a shelter, they have showers for those who can use one they have enough kitchen to accommodate large cooking needs. I really do not think that the actual people who would go there would mind even pitching in in the cooking. Today is Friday and If warminster wanted to do something good, they would open the high school up as shelter for the weekend!
Jon S November 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
What about churches, the township or Christ Home open up a shelter for the weekend?
Pete Krenshaw November 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Lavender - I heard a rumor that the WTHS was a shelter... Obviously with kids in there taking classes it would be very unlikely to be able to utilize the building as a shelter but it makes perfect sense if classes were not in session. That being said, the Township has no authority over the School District (that I know of) in the decision making process of closing the school or opening it as a shelter.
Jon S November 02, 2012 at 04:13 PM
So if the SD opens up the high school as a shelter. Who is going to supply or pay for the food, water, blankets, sleeping cots, etc. What about when someone gets hurt in the building? What about when a fight breaks out the security guard will break it up? Sounds like something the township or county should have thought about, not the school district.
Lavender Green November 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Pete and Jon, with the amount of tax we pay in this district i feel they should have done something, however i didnt hear that they had opened it as a shelter and who pays in the other areas when they open up schools as shelters, I feel the township, schools and so on should assist those who need it. But the good thing is that I havent heard of any one loosing their lives, which is always a good thing.
Centennial Dad November 02, 2012 at 04:41 PM
In PA only the Federal Government, State, County or Township along with the American Red Cross, (usually through PEMA) can establish a shelter not a school district. Bucks County Emergency Operations Center established three shelters in schools, Palisades, Council Rock North and Pennsbury East high schools. If there is fault hear it lies with the township either not having an adequate emergency plan or not updating the one they have to include the schools.
Patti H November 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I am glad the kids are back in school today. 1) it's one less day taken away at the end of the year 2) for any child still without power it provides an opportunity for warmth and food, and 3) most child psychology experts will tell you that the best thing for a child after a disaster or tragedy is to get back into a normal routine. My son was very excited to be going to school today - he has missed his friends.
Lavender Green November 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Centennial Dad, I agree the township should be more prepared! Maybe this will assist them in the future. And Patti, you are right that a psychologist will state that it is good for a child to get back to a normal routine, but it is also very important that a child learns the truth of a situation, to many psychologists will tell you to with hold some of the truth and not allow the child to understand the full story. It is proven that raising children with the theory do as I say not as I do is not correct, so with keeping with the idea that moving forward is important and children going to school is important the parents should learn to move forward too. And yes it is good for those to go and have heat and food and fun, but some parents use it as a way to get rid of their children and that is wrong. Kudos to anyone who is being honest and telling their children to go to school and be warm and allowing them to while they stay and take care of the home front.
Sarah Ronzelli November 03, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Centennial Dad, So glad you clarified the shelter issue. Most people do not know what the facts are with making arrangements for a shelter. We are truly so lucky we live in our area, we have been blessed. So sad for all of NJ and NY and others, they have truly need our help. Donate to the Red Cross and help others who are in need.
Tired of Hypocrisy November 03, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Thank you for the information Centennial Dad. Good to know for the future. I understand it may be the first time some children have heat, warm food, etc., but I feel the District could have done more by donating the food to the people that still do not have electricity and kept the schools closed one more day. The amount of money to heat the schools for the day, etc., could be money better spent somewhere else within a District that is struggling to make ends meet. One more day added to the end of the school year is not going to make a difference since they built in a longer than usual Spring Break to move into the new McDonald without any thought of snow days or the unpredictable weather we just experienced. Again, the District leaped before thinking. Thanks again for the shelter information, appreciate it.


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