The Department of Education says the delayed books that have made lesson planning difficult for many city teachers should finally be delivered by Monday.
NY1 first reported a month ago that many books published by Pearson were not going to be available for the start of the school year.
Nine hundred schools that chose curricula from Pearson, the same publishing company that produces the state tests, had materials for teachers posted online while the books were shipped to schools in bits and pieces.
The Department of Education admits the magnitude of the order has been overwhelming.
"Most of them have been delivered. We have over 1.1 million books have already been delivered. There's still more coming over the next few days. We have folks who are in the schools ready to receive them," said Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of the Department of Education. "It's a big effort. We haven't bought this many books in many, many years, and so getting all of those into the schools is a big logistical challenge. But they'll get there."
Public schools reopen on Monday.