Students in Valley Stream's four school districts will return to class on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Schools have been closed for more than a week due to Hurricane Sandy, which struck the region last Monday.
Central High School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Heidenreich said the school will be open on Tuesday for staff only. He said many teachers have been displaced from their homes due to flooding, and may be out for some time. Tuesday, he said, will give district officials an opportunity to learn who is expected to be out long-term so the district can plan for those absences and resume educating children.
Heidenreich said there were many concerns that had to be addressed before re-opening schools such as the gas shortage, the traffic lights out in the community, and power outages at the schools. North High School had no lights until Friday.
District 13 Superintendent Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund said she is looking forward to opening the doors on Wednesday and welcoming back the children.