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Seneca Valley Schools Closes Tuesday, Delays Opening Wednesday for Hurricane Sandy

District officials say they took a number of factors into consideration before deciding to cancel classes.

Seneca Valley students will get a chance to sleep in Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

The district announced Monday that the schools will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 30. There also will be a two-hour delay Wednesday, Oct. 31.

“The decision to close at this time was made based on our concern for possible power outages beginning tonight, and we wanted to utilize our communication services while they are still available,” an announcement on the district’s website said.

Here’s the determining factors that led to closing, according to district officials:

  • The location of the secondary campus, housing grades 7-12, is in a low-lying area and has been prone to flooding in the past.
  • Concerns about the personal safety of our students and staff who will be traveling in the morning hours when conditions are dim, and debris and other matter may cause a risk.
  • Governor Tom Corbett’s decision to declare a state of emergency in Pennsylvania, and the district’s desire to err on the side of caution.
  • The potential, once again, to be without power

Additionally, Seneca Valley will have a two-hour delay on Wednesday, Oct. 31, allowing the buildings and grounds departments time to get the school’s facilities up and running so they will be fully functional when students return to the classroom.

Tuesday’s closure will be made up on the first “Snow (Emergency)” Makeup Day, which is Feb. 15, 2013.

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