New York City Schools Reopen After Hurricane Sandy

In Lower Manhattan, students shivered in school buildings that had lights, but no heat; on Staten Island, they sat by classmates whose homes had been destroyed; and in every borough, some students stayed home as the city used their classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums as shelters.

All day Monday, the city scrambled to deal with a Rubik’s Cube of displacements, delayed openings, modified schedules and new plans for evacuees using school buildings in an attempt to return as many students to classrooms as soon as possible.

Buses arrived to take homeless men, uprooted hospital patients and evacuated residents from a makeshift shelter in Midtown Manhattan at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts, which was closed to students, to another location. That move was part of the city’s effort to consolidate the eight school buildings that are being used as shelters to free up space for students to return to classes.

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