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Most Schools Open, Centers Combat Chills

By Amelia Pang
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 4, 2012 Last Updated: November 4, 2012
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2nd from L), Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (3rd from L), and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott hold a press conference, Nov. 4. (NYC Mayor's Office)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2nd from L), Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (3rd from L), and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott hold a press conference, Nov. 4. (NYC Mayor's Office)

NEW YORK— Mayor Bloomberg updated New Yorkers Sunday on school openings and plans to combat the cold weather amid the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Although not all subway lines will be open, most public schools will resume classes on Monday.

“Although Tuesday is a holiday, the kids already missed a week and we don’t want them to miss another day,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor estimates that 90 percent of schools will open tomorrow. Out of the 65 schools that will not be open, 57 endured considerable damage from the storm, and eight are being used for their emergency shelters.

The students who have to attend schools in those 57 sites will begin school Wednesday, after the election, since those students will be going to an alternative location.

Parents can dial 311 or visit nyc.gov to find out which schools are open Monday, or where their locations will be.

“The buildings may not have heat, so dress your children with that in mind,” Bloomberg said.

Parents can also text “nycschools” to 877-877 for more information on school closures and openings.

The mayor estimates that 96 percent of school buses are running Monday morning, although many will have to change their routes due to fallen trees. Bloomberg said to expect delays at bus stops. “It’s not going to be perfect,” he said.

“People are going to be misinformed, people are going to make mistakes, but it’s better to get your kids to school and find out where we need more resources,” Bloomberg said.

Some schools will be relocated to a different borough, while some elementary schools’ alternative locations might be high schools. “We don’t have a very large group of empty seats, but I think we can accommodate everyone by moving around like this,” Bloomberg said.

The Department of Education is calling all reserve substitutes in on Monday to make sure all the classrooms are covered.

Cold Weather

The government food distribution centers’ next main focus is combating the chilly weather, which is expected to get below freezing Monday. The sites have begun distributing blankets, as well as flashlights and baby products. Monday’s distribution centers will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., although some may stay open later.

The mayor urges those who are finding it difficult to withstand the cold without power to move to a shelter.

The city’s Disaster Assistance Service Center is providing buses to take people to shelters. More information can be found on nyc.gov

The Board of Elections is also announcing changes in polling stations on its website.

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