Rockland, Valhalla schools closed rest of week; Yonkers shut Thursday

An undated file photo of a school bus. An undated file photo of a school bus. Photo Credit: Newsday

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Rockland County schools will remain closed through Friday, officials told News12 Wednesday afternoon.

"The safety of our students and community is our number one priority," said the South Orangetown school district website in announcing its closing.

Virtually all Hudson Valley schools and New York City schools were closed for a third straight day Wednesday, as the state recovers from flooding, power outages and other damage from Hurricane Sandy.

In Westchester County, the Valhalla school district also reported being closed Thursday and Friday. The district phone lines did not appear to be working to reach school officials for comment.

Yonkers schools also will be closed Thursday, officials said.

"We are hopeful for Friday but it's day to day," said Maura Lamareaux, a spokeswoman for the Yonkers Public Schools.

She said 10 school district buildings were without power Wednesday and some 400 trees are down in the city.

It was impossible to verify whether all 101 public school districts in the six-county Hudson Valley region will be closed because many schools suffered power and phone outages and some district websites were still inaccessible Wednesday.

While some parents were feeling a bit stir-crazy with the kids at home, others said their kids were enjoying the time off.

"They're loving having no homework," said Frank Azzariti of Yonkers, whose two sons attend PEARLS Hawthorne School in Yonkers. "They're keeping themselves entertained with TV and board games. My wife has them read a little throughout the day, too."

In Dobbs Ferry, the power was still out for a majority of homes Wednesday and school has been canceled for three days.

"We're doing a lot of reading and a lot of Scrabble playing," Dobbs Ferry parent Lisa Ferrara said. "Everybody's getting sick of each other, but I think we'll survive."

In Orange County, Middletown school leaders were hoping to open on Thursday.

"Our kids want to come to school because it's safer for them and they get fed," Middletown Superintendent Ken Eastwood said. "I really do want to get it opened up because I know the kids need it."

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