Halls of confusion
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The senior class trip to Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa in upstate Ellenville, scheduled for Jan. 11-13, was canceled, but a new trip, to a dude ranch in Pennsylvania, will be scheduled for a weekend in March, Schall said. The winter concert will also be rescheduled after the students return to the high school.
The school could reopen on March 18. “The trip to Disney is March 15 to 17, [and] the students could return that Monday,” Schall said, referring to the biennial trip to Disney World in Orlando.
Changes in routine
Cedarhurst resident Lillian Portillo has two daughters in Lawrence schools. Last Thursday, her first-grader at the Number Five School, 7-year-old Jacqueline, rang their home’s doorbell at 2:50 p.m. Jacqueline is usually dropped off at the bus stop at 3:05 p.m., where her mother meets her. “No one told us that the kids would be getting dropped off earlier, and Jacqueline walked from the bus stop to the house by herself,” said Lillian, who added that she doesn’t think it’s a good idea to have middle school and high school students in the same building. “There are a lot of differences between middle schoolers and high schoolers. They’re putting 12- and 13-year-olds with 17- and 18-year olds. It’s crazy.”
The high school students, accustomed to leaving for lunch, won’t be allowed to do so right away, but, beginning with the seniors, they will be allowed to leave within the next two weeks, Schall said. A food truck will park in back of the middle school to accommodate them. High school student government officers are providing input on pricing and menus, according to Schall.
“My lunchtime used to be 11:13 a.m.,” said Lillian Portillo’s older child, seventh-grader Stacey. “Now it’s closer to 1 p.m.” Stacey has a new French teacher because the one she had was moved to the Number Five School to teach the fifth-graders.
The increased population prompted the district to hire four more security guards at the middle school, Schall said.