Schools damaged by Ida delay in-person learning for some students

Crews at Rye Middle School have been working hard since last week to get the school ready. There was so much damage that the superintendent said the first day had to be pushed until Monday.

News 12 Staff

Sep 9, 2021, 2:20 AM

Updated 1,038 days ago

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Some kids will head back to school Thursday morning, but others will start the new year in front of the computer at home.
Damage from Ida left some school districts no choice but to start the new school year remotely as cleanup continues.
Parts of New Rochelle High School were flooded with as much as 10 feet of water. 
School officials held a meeting on Wednesday to let the district know there is a possibility the school may stay closed for six to eight weeks.
Crews at Rye Middle School have been working hard since last week to get the school ready. There was so much damage that the superintendent said the first day had to be pushed until Monday.
School officials said it had 5 feet of water in the boiler room, the football field was under water and the electrical system was destroyed.
“No electrical system, no fire alarm," said Rye Superintendent Dr. Eric Byrne. "You need an up and running electrical system in order to have school open."
In New Rochelle, high school students will go back to virtual learning until at least late October, early November.


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