Hurricane Sandy update: Schools now closing for Tuesday, too
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Scores of school districts scattered throughout the Hudson Valley announced at midday Monday that schools will be closed Tuesday on account of Hurricane Sandy.
All schools in the valley were shut down by the storm on Monday.
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Announcements of closings began Sunday morning and cascaded into the evening, to the point where nearly all districts had closed for Monday.
The announcements started when the North Salem School District in Westchester County announced Sunday morning that schools would be closed both Monday and Tuesday. In an alert email to parents, officials explained that the district had decided on early action to give parents time to prepare.
Warwick schools superintendent Ray Bryant soon announced the same decision, saying he feared the effects of flooding in the area.
"In our area, it's the flooding that's so bad. We still have one bridge out from Irene and that will really impact things," Bryant said. "The worst thing would be for me to have kids in school in the morning and then have to send them back."
Parents posting on social media websites during he afternoon and early evening were saying they would not be sending their children to school regardless of the decisons on closures.
The Bronxville School District, which was hard hit by flooding during Tropical Storm Irene, posted detailed information about how the district is preparing on its website.
The district is packing up classroom and office materials on the first floor and moving the materials to higher ground. Students have cleared out lockers and 500 sandbags will be stacked at doors to keep water out, the district said.