While students already had the day off Tuesday, the Inservice Day at all
School superintendent Marinel McGrath said all parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday have been canceled and all staff have been asked not to report to school. Roughly 10,000 customers in Andover are still without power. Memorial Hall Library is open, however, for residents that want to charge their phones or laptops, or just want a warm place to relax.
Here is the message McGrath sent out to all parents and other Andover Public School stakeholders:
Good Afternoon Andover Staff and Families,This is Supt. Marinel McGrath with an Alert Now message. It is Monday, October 31 and I am calling to tell you that the in-service day for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1st, is cancelled due to continued power outages in Andover. Staff should not report to school and parent conferences are cancelled. The Town Manager has asked me to tell you that Andover Trick or Treating is postponed to Saturday, November 5th from 5-7 pm. I will continue to update you as we learn more about the restoration of power to Andover.
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