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Road Closures, Telecom Disruptions to Keep Nazareth Schools Closed Friday

Although power is restored to the Nazareth Area School District, it will be closed to students Friday, Nov. 2 due to concerns over road closures and widespread disruptions to U.S. and local telecom networks.

Power has been restored to all six of Nazareth Area School District schools, Superintendent Dennis Riker said in a statement Thursday. But the district will remain closed to students Friday, Nov. 2.

While Met-Ed and PPL Electric Utilities were able to restore power, "the news is not as positive from the communication and transportation perspective," Riker continued.

According to Riker, several major roadways will remain closed through the remainder of the week and U.S. and local telecom networks continue to experience outages.

"The safety of all of our students and staff needs to be a priority," Riker explained. "Placing over 70 buses on the road, knowing there are closures and detours with no communication is not a safe situation."

All district offices will be open on Friday, Nov. 2.

Riker said the district plans to open all school buildings -- on a normal schedule -- on Monday, Nov. 5.

Riker acknowledged that there may be transportation delays, even areas unreachable due to road closures. The superintendent asked for patience and understanding.

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