Storm evacuees ejected "with little warning" from Staten Island school

Confusion across New York after schools reopen, some in temporary locations

By Natasha Lennard
November 8, 2012 8:50PM (UTC)
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According to the New York Post, confusion abounds across New York as schools reopen in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Forty-three schools have been temporarily relocated, but attendance has been below 50 percent at these locations as parents and students struggle to find transport to the alternate locations. (Over a dozen relocated schools won’t offer transportation because there aren’t yet enough yellow buses to go around.)

Meanwhile, in one Staten Island high school, the Post reported, 130 evacuees who had been staying in the school were moved out "with little warning" Wednesday as students turned up, expecting to resume class as normal. "Students at a Staten Island high school were warehoused in the auditorium with no instruction yesterday because Hurricane Sandy evacuees were occupying their classrooms — until the refugees were booted," the Post noted.


New York's public schools were closed for a week (longer in some cases) after Sandy barreled into the Northeast:

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