Note from the Superintendent: Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
Note from the Superintendent: Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please see below for some important updates concerning the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

All Wissahickon schools will be open for a normal school day tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/8/21).  While many homes and public buildings nearby were severely damaged, our buildings sustained only very minor water damage here and there from Hurricane Ida.  Our thoughts are with those who lost so much, and we know there is still much hardship out there, so here’s a summary of resources available as well as a look at how Wiss Nation is coming together to help those in need.

Ø  REGION:  Montgomery County has established a clearinghouse site with a wide range of supports available for those who suffered losses during Hurricane Ida.  Click here for details.

Ø  UPPER DUBLIN:  As you have seen, the Upper Dublin schools sustained major damage from Ida.  We have made our athletic and other facilities available, and I have reached out to Dr. Yanni, my counterpart in UD, and assured him we are here to help however we can.  While Wissahickon and Upper Dublin may be friendly rivals, we are more importantly friends and neighbors and here for each other in times of need.  Our schools have efforts underway to collect supplies and books, as the personal touch is important as well for people on both the giving and receiving end.  More information on Upper Dublin’s broader, community-wide recovery efforts can be found here.

Ø  WISSAHICKON:  While our schools escaped damage, we most definitely have students, staff and Wiss Nation families who were not so fortunate with their homes and personal property.  Efforts are underway at the building level to help those we know were hit hard by Ida, and all are encouraged to reach out to the school’s guidance counselor or principal if they need help, or know of others who do.

In closing, last Wednesday was very traumatic in many ways, and people across the region are still digging out from Ida’s devastation.  As those efforts continue, and as the situation continues to evolve, here’s one thing that will not change:  We are in this together.

Warm regards,

James A. Crisfield, Superintendent



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