By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mayor Bloomberg said this week that most of the city's public schools would open Monday, but enormous logistical problems remain. Hurricane Sandy damaged roughly 170 school buildings, many housing multiple schools.
In Brooklyn, 43 schools were on an evolving list published by the Department of Education.
Update: Late Friday DOE published a list of damaged schools that will not open for school Monday. The list shows each impacted school with a temporary location, where the school will hold classes until its original building can be repaired. Students in these schools will not attend class on Monday, November 5 or Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day), but will attend class at their new temporary location on Wednesday, November 7. Teachers and staff will be reporting to the new locations Monday.
Bus transportation information will be coming early next week, DOE says.
Community School District 21 – which includes Coney Island and Brighton Beach -- was hardest hit, with 23 schools closed at least temporarily. But schools across Brooklyn have been impacted and many still lack power. Brooklyn's John Dewey High School was one of the most damaged, from an electrical fire during the storm.
Some private and charter schools have already opened, however. In Brooklyn, Berkeley Carroll in Park Slope opened midweek, and Brooklyn Friends School in Downtown Brooklyn was in operation on Friday. Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Windsor Terrace reopened Friday as well. Others planned to reopen Monday.
Mayor Bloomberg said that the city would consolidate 76 shelters currently housed inside school buildings into eight high schools, even as these schools were filled with students. Chancellor Walcott told reporters that DOE would make sure the students are protected and safe.
But teachers visiting one of the shelters on Friday told NY1 that they were "appalled" at what they saw inside the school. One man was captured on cell phone video urinating into a water fountain. A few feet away, human feces were filmed under a table in the crowded lunchroom. Six of the seven floors have cots lining every hallway.
Brooklyn high schools that will continue to house the homeless on Monday are Brooklyn Tech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John Jay. Another shelter will operate in the Park Slope Armory.
Students and teachers from damaged schools and buildings without power will be sent to other locations on Monday. (See the list below for schools that may be closed.) Not all students from a closed school will be sent to the same alternate location, so consult the DOE website for the latest information.
DOE headquarters at Tweed and school offices at 49-51 Chambers Street offices were closed Friday due to power outages or damage; Mayor Bloomberg said on Friday that much of lower Manhattan would get its power back over the weekend.
Schools will be closed Tuesday for Election Day.
List of Brooklyn Schools Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
(Please check DOE website for last-minute changes)
P.S. 651 Pave Academy Charter School
P.S. 26 Fahari Academy Charter School
K337 International H.S.
K344 Rachel Carson H.S.
K348 Sports Management H.S.
K468 Kingsborough Early College School
K540 John Dewey H.S.
K559 Life Academy H.S.
K572 Expeditionary Learning
P.S. 721 Brooklyn Occupational Training
K744 Coney Island Prep Charter