Schools Update: 90 Percent Of Public Schools To Open Monday
Updated: Updated 11/04/2012 08:53 PM
By: NY1 News
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 NYC.gov or call 311.
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