Last school districts to reopen in Hudson Valley on Wednesday
The last Rockland and Westchester school districts still shuttered because of Hurricane Sandy are scheduled to welcome students back Wednesday.
Inaccessible roads, low-hanging phone and cable wires and lack of power all posed safety issues that had hobbled efforts to reopen the schools. In some districts, officials decided to stick to previously scheduled Election Day activities, such as staff conferences, to give road cleanup crews and bus drivers one more day to work out transportation issues.
The Lakeland School District, Westchester County's largest system in area at 44 square miles, still had 12 inaccessible roads as of Tuesday night. James Van Develde, the district's communications director, said transportation staff members were working on setting up temporary bus stops where parents could drop off children in the morning. The locations were to be posted on the district's website, lakelandschools.org, by early Wednesday morning.
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The East Ramapo Central School District posted a directive on its website that students were to report on Wednesday morning to their regularly assigned schools.
The Clarkstown Central School District posted on its site that schools would reopen Wednesday. .
Staff "visited all of our buildings and has determined that all are ready for our students and staff to return," the website said. "All buildings now have heat, electricity and phone service."
Elsewhere, the Rye City School District announced that two elementary schools, Milton School and Osborn School, would reopen Wednesday.