Long Beach Students Return to School After Sandy

Many happy reunions occurred as students returned to East School for the first day of classes after Hurricane Sandy.
Many happy reunions occurred as students returned to East School for the first day of classes after Hurricane Sandy.

Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, students and staff of the Long Beach Public Schools resumed classes Nov. 13, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the barrier island. 

The three buildings that sustained the least damage — Lindell School, East School and Long Beach High School — were fully operational for the start of school. All students will attend classes in these three buildings until after Thanksgiving. Lido School students will travel to Lindell School, West School students will go to East School and middle school students will temporarily move to the high school.

Students who have been displaced by the storm traveled from all over the metropolitan area to return to classes. Buses will run with a modified transportation schedule for students still residing within the district and new routes were established to transport those students who are temporarily living outside of the district. 

To help displaced students return to school, the district transportation department established special pickup points at centralized locations in Island Park, East Meadow, Farmingdale, Freeport, Nassau Community College, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, Roslyn and Wantagh. Staff members rode with students on every bus traveling within or from outside of the district to ensure that everyone arrived safely to the correct school.

According to the Long Beach School District, attendance was higher than expected under the circumstances, with some classes achieving perfect or near perfect attendance. Many students and staff members went to great lengths to return to Long Beach for the start of school. Gregory Dentice, a Long Beach High School senior who is currently living in Manhattan with relatives, took the Long Island Rail Road to Lynbrook, where he transferred to a shuttle bus to take him to the Long Beach train station. Many of his fellow students had gone through similar lengths to return to school.

At all three schools, children were greeted by the familiar faces of their principals and teachers, who joined forces to help them get down to the business of learning, whether they found themselves in familiar surroundings or were adjusting to a new location. Students and staff at all three buildings made sure that those who were not attending their home schools received an enthusiastic welcome, the district said. 
Jeff Alan November 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Buses for the middle school and high school should have an adult monitor on every bus. We weren't happy in the first place about the middle school kids sharing the buses and school with the high school kids, as we have an 11 year old first year in middle school. i was told there were high school students smoking on the bus and the driver didn't know and or did nothing. this is very disturbing and is a major health concern!!! NOT OK!!!
Jennifer November 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I would like to thank my children's teachers, that despite undergoing their own losses during the storm, called all the children in their classes to make sure they were ok.
Patrice Krzeminski November 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Jeff contact the superintendent. It was my understanding that there was an adult on every bus. As far as the students sharing the HS, it has been split in half basically. There has been a wall put up to seperate the HS from MS students.
jm November 26, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Will the school year be extended, shortened winter February and April breaks, to make up what the students, since the hurricane? W. Hempstead, Malverne and Lynbrook are doing this. What about LB?
jm November 26, 2012 at 08:35 AM
what the students missed,


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