Public schools in Chatham will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said he made the decision to close schools "after consulting with the chiefs of police and a number of other superintendents in the immediate area."
The news comes in advance of Hurricane Sandy's landfall in New Jersey, which is expected Monday.
According to the Sunday afternoon report from National Weather Service Meteorologist Gary Szatkowski, the inland flooding threat posed by Hurricane Sandy has increased to perhaps four to five inches of rain in northern New Jersey counties.
LaSusa said the biggest safety concern within the School District of the Chathams "is having students coming and going from school if there are high sustained winds and wind gusts."