Department of Education Announces Reopening of Twelve More Schools

Hurricane Sandy Closes Schools

The New York City Department of Education announced that 12 more schools are ready to reopen in their regular locations after having been in temporary quarters since Hurricane Sandy damaged the buildings, making them unsuitable for use by students.

The 12 schools are housed in 10 buildings, five from Brooklyn and seven from Queens.

The waterside Children’s Studio School, the Waterside School for Leadership and the Goldie Maple Academy, schools in Queens, will be reopening on Monday after power was returned and temporary water boilers were installed.

Three schools all in the same building, PS 43, D79 Adult Ed, and PS 256 Annex will also open after they had temporary boilers and generators installed. PS/MS 42 R. Vernam, housed in another building had a temporary boiler and a generator installed and got its power back, and is ready to open.

The following Brooklyn schools are reopening on Monday as well after power was returned, water pumped out of the basements, and generators installed:

•    P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
•    P.S. 329 Surfside
•    P.S. 188 Michael E. Berdy
•    At P.S. 015 Patrick F. Daly
•    PAVE Academy Charter School

One additional school in Staten Island, IS 2 George L. Egbert will not go back to its original building, but will be able to house students in a nearby building which will also be ready on Monday after a temporary boiler was installed and power returned with new switch gear. The school plans on staying in its temporary location at least until Thanksgiving since the principal asked for more time to get ready for the change.

After these 12 schools reopen there will remain an additional 18 schools and other programs serving close to 8,000 students which will remain in their relocated buildings.

An additional announcement was made by the DOE: The deadline for high school applications will be extended by one week, from December 3rd to December 10th. There will also be a two week extension on the choice entry deadline for schools from Friday, December 21st to Friday January 4, 2013.


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