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Schools Update: 90 Percent Of Public Schools To Open Monday

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Department of Education officials say approximately 90 percent of all New York City schools to be open Monday.

According to the DOE, as of Sunday night, approximately 73,000 of the city's 1.1 million public school students will not attend school Monday.

The DOE says that 57 schools, attended by approximately 34,000 students, will need to be relocated to other buildings as their schools are too damaged to open. That's down from nearly 180 schools that needed to have students relocated on Friday.

Students in some of the damaged schools will be split into different temporary schools, depending on their grade level.

According to the DOE, 29 additional schools will be closed because they do not have power.

In addition, as of Sunday night, the DOE says there are 36 schools scheduled to be open Monday that may not have heat. View a list here.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Thursday and it was confirmed Saturday by Mayor Bloomberg that eight schools will hold evacuees who left low-lying areas for Sandy and will remained closed for students.

These eight will be Brooklyn Tech High School, FDR High School and John Jay High School in Brooklyn, Graphic Arts High School and George Washington High School in Manhattan, Hillcrest High School in Queens and Susan Wagner High School and Tottenville High School in Staten Island.

The decision to keep eight shelter sites closed Monday means an additional 24,000 students will be out of school, or about 58,000 students total.

The DOE says the relocated schools will not be open Monday and students will not have to report to their relocated school until Wednesday, as all schools in public school buildings will be closed Tuesday for Election Day.

The DOE says the schools have been inspected and determined to be safe. According to Walcott, many did not have problems and others are fixed enough for students to attend.

Among the most heavily damaged schools are P.S. 253, I.S. 239 Mark Twain School and John Dewey High School in Gravesend, Brooklyn; P.S. 195 in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn and Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park, Queens.

John Dewey High had a fire Tuesday morning and Beach Channel High had a major oil spill, according to Walcott.

Walcott said Friday that the DOE is working on getting fuel for buses and that normal school bus service is expected on Monday, with some delays due to debris covered roads. Many of those buses will need to be re-routed to accommodate students attending new schools, and Walcott said the DOE expects most routes to get longer.

All Catholic schools in Manhattan and Staten Island will be open on Monday. Only three Catholic schools in the Bronx — Villa Maria Academy, Holy Cross, St. Benedict and Immaculate Conception School on Gun Hill Road — will be closed Monday.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn announced it is making alternate arrangements for more than 1,400 Catholic school students who attend five Catholic school affected by the storm in Brooklyn and Queens.

Those include Ave Maria Catholic Academy and St. Helen's School in Howard Beach; St. Camillus School and St. Rose of Lima School in Rockaway Beach; and St. Francis de Sales School in Belle Harbor.

Parents of those students are being asked to call 1-800-963-6715 for more information.

Meanwhile, CUNY schools resumed classes on Friday.

Pace's Downtown Manhattan campus will be closed through Sunday, and officials will decision on Friday whether to be open next week.

New York University is also resuming a normal class schedule on Monday.

To find out if your child's school will open this week go online to or call 311.

Rescheduled Exams, Auditions

According to the Department of Education:

Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) originally scheduled for Saturday, November 3 will be held on Saturday, November 17. SHSAT exams scheduled for Sunday, October 28, had been rescheduled for Sunday, November 18. Students with conflicts can made accommodations.

High School interviews, assessments and auditions scheduled for November 3-4 are canceled and will be rescheduled. LaGuardia High School auditions scheduled for November 3-4 will be rescheduled for November 10-11.

The SAT administration scheduled for this weekend (Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4), has been canceled in the five boroughs. A makeup date has been scheduled for New York City public schools on Saturday, November 17 for the November 3 test-takers, and Sunday, November 18 for those test-takers who were scheduled to test on Sunday, November 4.

Schools Open Monday That May Not Have Heat

The following is a list of New York City schools that are scheduled to be open Monday but may not have heat:

New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math High School
Collaborative Academy of Science, Technology, & Language-Arts Education
University Neighborhood Middle School
Henry Street School for International Studies
P.S. 184M Shuang Wen
P.S. 137 John L. Bernstein
P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold
High School of Economics and Finance
Spruce Street School
Norman Thomas High School
The High School of Fashion Industries
Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School
High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies
New Design High School
Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
Unity Center for Urban Technologies
Murray Hill Academy
Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language
High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Institute for Collaborative Education
The 47 American Sign Language & English Lower School
Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law, The
Essex Street Academy
M.S. 255 Salk School of Science
P.S. 234 Independence School
J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch
47 The American Sign Language and English Secondary School
P.S. 040 Augustus Saint-Gaudens
P.S. 002 Meyer London
P.S. 112 Jose Celso Barbosa
River East Elementary
P.S. 206 Jose Celso Barbosa
P.S. M226
Manhattan Charter School II

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