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Five Schools Used As Shelters To Reopen For Students

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Five schools that have been operating as shelters will reopen for students Wednesday.

These schools are Brooklyn Technical High School, Hillcrest High School in Queens, High School of Graphic Communication Arts in Manhattan and Susan Wagner High School and Tottenville High School on Staten Island.

John Jay High School and Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn and George Washington High School in Manhattan will remain closed Wednesday.

John Jay could open on Thursday, pending a successful cleaning after there was a widespread stomach bug at the school that made several children sick, according to city health officials.

Shelter residents and Department of Education officials working there have been relocated for the cleaning.

FDR and George Washington High Schools are expected to open Thursday.

As heat and power slowly return to schools across the city, the DOE says 20,000 students from 43 schools will still need to be relocated.

There may be still be 35 schools without heat Wednesday and 13 that may still be without power. The DOE says it is working with Consolidated Edison to get heat restored to these schools as soon as possible.

The DOE says it is providing hot lunches to students at schools without heat and it urges parents sending children to these schools to dress them warmly.

There were 7,400 buses that transported children to school on Monday and the DOE will add an additional 100 buses for K-8 students on Wednesday.

Students who are being transported to a relocated school will be picked up at their closed school.

Some schools, however, will not have shuttle service provided for them. In these instances the DOE will provide free MetroCards for students that do not already have one at the relocated site.

While students will be responsible for getting to these sites on their own, the DOE will provide full reimbursements for cabs to and from school, or 55 cents per mile if students use their own vehicle.

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