NBC10, Jesse Gary
After two weeks off because of Hurricane Sandy, students that attend public schools on Long Beach Island are heading back to school Monday.
Kids in Long Beach Island haven’t given homework too much thought over the last two weeks. That changed Sunday night.
School is back in session in LBI for the first time since the area was hit by Hurricane Sandy. Bob Mattner tells NBC10 he thinks school reopening on Monday will bring some normalcy to his grandson’s life. Ten-year-old Kyle Mattner has his own reasons for wanting to go back.
“I want to see what kind of classroom we have and see all my friends,” said Kyle.
Kyle is a 5th grader at Long Beach Island Grade School. Since that building can’t open yet because of storm damage, every student in the Long Beach Island School District will go to Ethel Jacobsen Elementary School for now. Students In Beach Haven will be bussed to the mainland since their district’s school is also unfit to open.
“I just think it’s a good thing,” said Lisa Lang. “Everybody is there to help and we just hope everyone will ask other families if they need help and we can help them all out.”
The Lang family is one of many without heat in LBI. Natural gas won’t be available until December 1. Unlike other homes on the island however, there home sustained minimal damage. They see school as the perfect distraction in Sandy’s aftermath.
“Anything that’s normal,” said Randy Lang. “That’s what you’re looking for.”
Middle school and High School students in LBI are also heading back to the mainland for classes tomorrow.