NEWARK, N.J. — All Newark schools will be open Wednesday after Saturday’s historic blizzard kept students home for days.
The Newark Public School District tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the schools will be open and operating on a normal weekday schedule Wednesday.
School officials closed the public schools Monday and Tuesday after over two feet of snow blanketed the area.
Dozens of towns in Essex County closed schools on Monday.
Mayor Ras Bakara said in a statement Tuesday that they were aware of the frustrations and working to clean up the snow.
Bakara said the immediate priorities for plowing began with medical emergencies. He said no there were no fatalities due to the storm.
Following medical emergencies, city officials are focused on snow removal around schools and caring for the homeless.
"Our next priority will be safe passageways on the streets," said Bakara. "I want to caution that when we say safe passageways, we do not mean the way that the streets looked last week or how they looked in July. However there will be a means of safe ingress and egress for citizens as well as emergency vehicles."
Newark residents expressed their frustrations after streets were left unplowed.
"They said that we have to be patient, they are coming," a Newark resident told PIX11 Monday.
Residents were outside digging themselves out when no snow plows drove through the neighborhood.
"We're trying to move the snow over so we can get out to go to work," Crystal Knight told PIX11. "So now I'm missing a day's pay and nobody is going to reimburse me for that."
Since Monday evening, Bakara says more than 600 requests of snow clearing on city streets have been addressed. They have also removed 148 of 152 vehicles stuck in the snow.
Governor Chris Christie said the Department of Transportation moved resources into Newark because the city was unable to get their streets cleared.