NEW YORK—Twelve schools in the Rockaways and Brooklyn reopened Monday, while students and teachers from 18 others remained dispersed in different locations.
When 43 schools closed because of Superstorm Sandy, students, teachers, and other staff were reassigned to work in other school buildings temporarily. Almost 8,000 students remain at reassigned schools.
“Teachers, principals, custodians, and facilities personnel have been working around the clock to get the vast majority of students back to their schools, and today we can welcome back 5,400 students to their
original buildings,” said Dennis Walcott, schools chancellor, in a statement. ”We will continue to make repairs as quickly as possible in order to get the remaining 18 schools reopened.”
A plan to spend half a billion dollars to repair public schools and hospitals was announced last week by the mayor and other officials.
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