With team work, strong leadership, and due diligence Proviso East High School has reopened and is now operating under a post-flood operation plan until further notice.
The operation plan sets forth safety guidelines and restrictions for students, faculty, and staff.
On Wednesday morning (Sept 24), after seven days out, students returned to Proviso East with excitement.
“I am so happy to be back in school,” said Proviso East Senior Skyla Paxton. "I really missed it. To be able to learn new things is a great experience so it's good to be back where I can use my brain.”
All areas in the main building have been designated as safe for occupancy, but other areas are restricted due to a continuation of the clean-up and restoration process.
“We have re-opened the building and are continuing education,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “However, there are still areas in and around the school where we have a crew working to repair damage from the flood.”
As repair efforts continue all students, staff, and visitors must enter the building through doors “1” and “2” only.
The regular daily schedule is in effect, although some classes are meeting in different areas. All PE, Auto Tech, and NJROTC classes will meet in the auditorium. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All on-site athletic practices and games have been cancelled until further notice. With the exception of varsity football away games, all home and away athletic competitions have been cancelled. In addition, all before and after school activities have also been cancelled until further notice. Staff members and students are asked to exit the building immediately after school, so that the clean-up and restoration team may access the building.
“It took all of us working hard together to get Proviso East back in operation—but we did it,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “While there is still work to do, the short term goal of getting our students back in school has been reached. I have to thank the PTHS 209 staff, faculty, and administrators for their hard work, cooperation, and professionalism during our flood recovery event. I also must extend a thank you to parents and students for their cooperation and patience during this process.”
Information on the school calendar and the make-up of missed days will be released as soon as confirmed.