The Milford School District has announced that schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Milford Superintendent Phyllis Kohel made the announcement Sunday.
"We were hoping to only have to be closed Monday and I didn't want to make an announcement about Tuesday if we didn't need to stay closed," she said. "Unfortunately, even if the storm veers in a differenct direction, the coastal flooding will be such that we'll need to remain closed both days."
While classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, Kohel said staff could be asked to report for a professional development day, although a final decision has not been.
Kohel said the district is hoping to re-open Wednesday, although that could depend on whether evacuees housed at Milford Middle School are able to return to their homes.
The middle school is one of three emergency shelters for Sussex County residents forced to leave their homes as a result of the mandatory evacuation order Gov. Jack Markell issued Saturday evening.
Residents of coastal communities and areas in historically flood-prone areas have been told to stay with friends or family, while using the emergency shelters as last resort.
Kohel said few if any evacuees had made their way to Milford Middle School as of Sunday afternoon.
Anyone who plans to seek refuge at a state shelter should take adequate closthing, medications, sleeping material and food for themselves and their pets.
Shelters will be staffed by the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula.