In keeping with a
stated commitment to provide the Long Beach community with daily updates via
, the Long Beach School District on Wednesday released its most
detailed information yet about the status of the schools
that all sustained
damage during Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29.
Weiss wrote in a post on the website, dated 5 p.m. Nov. 7, that school
officials are developing a plan to start to hold classes for all their students
at Long Beach High School, Lindell School and East School on Nov. 13, followed
by West School and the Lido Complex after Thanksgiving break.
In order to
open schools, the buildings must have power, heat, fire alarms, portable water,
working sewage and the ability to provide food, Weiss said, and the City of
Long Beach is still waiting for Nassau County to give clearance to run its
“I know that there is a
lot of frustration about our inability to provide definitive plans for the
opening of school,” Weiss wrote in his opening remarks in a post listed on the
site’s District News section. “All of our facilities sustained damage during
the storm. We have prioritized the buildings based on a detailed damage
assessment, and have environmental and restoration contractors working 24/7 to
bring them back online.”
The Blackheath Pre-K
program, which is located adjacent to the high school, and the administration
building next to the Lido Complex, both in Lido Beach, will be condemned due to
flood damage. While the district’s fleet of buses is operable, the transportation
depot sustained eight feet of water and is presently unusable.
department is working out of buses; the district is without a location with
working phones (BOCES is commanding its phones, Weiss told Patch on Tuesday)
and only has an unheated location with just a single computer with Internet
access. The district received donations for office trailers for their
administration and transportation departments that they expect to receive
In describing the
status of each school, Weiss wrote that a larger generator, provided by the
Office of Emergency Management, and heated through portable boilers, but that
these haven’t been delivered yet, would power the high school.
The district’s website
also features a Student Location Form that parents can fill out in order that
the district may locate all its approximately 4,000 students and plan for their
transportation to schools and other logistics.
“At this time, we
understand that there are many questions, including many logistical ones,”
Weiss said. “We will be providing detailed answers to these questions on the
. Please continue to check for continued updates.”
The district faculty
will meet at Lindell School, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 9, to plan for the
opening of schools next Tuesday. For more information about the status of the
schools, call 516-897-2000.
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