It was a relief to hear from Norm Scott that he and his wife Carol are OK. We were worried for a while as Education Notes usually posts several times a day and when we didn't hear from Norm, we naturally become concerned.
As we move ahead, there is plenty of confusion about the reopening of NYC public schools. Staff needs to report on Friday. The kids will be back on Monday, November 5.
We will leave the editorializing on the absurdity of sending us back on Friday to the South Bronx School blog.
Here is the latest information we have from the DOE followed by MTA news. Thanks to Pat Debosz for sending it around.
This afternoon (Wednesday), Mayor Bloomberg made several announcements related to the City's response to Hurricane Sandy, outlined below. Please review these developments and continue to monitor the news, nyc.gov, @NYCMayorsOffice and @NYCSchools for the latest information about the City's response to the storm.
School Remains Closed to Students Thursday and Friday
The Mayor has announced that schools will remain closed and will reopen to students on Monday, November 5. School based staff are not expected to report on Thursday. School Custodians will receive separate instructions from the Division of School Facilities.
Schools Reopen to Staff on Friday
Staff will be expected to report on Friday to prepare for school opening on Monday. We are making accommodations for staff based at the buildings that we are unable to occupy due to damage or power outages. We will be working with your network teams to ensure you have information about issues that would prevent school staff from being on-site and if so, alternative locations to which they should report.
In addition, we will send communication to staff by the end of the day tomorrow. We urge all teachers and staff to monitor their email, the DOE web site, Facebook, and twitter for details tomorrow evening on where to report on Friday.
Central Offices Open on Thursday
In accordance with city policy, if your office is open and you can safely report to work, please do so – but only if you can get in safely. This includes teachers assigned, Supervisors, Educational Administrators, managers and all other staff working in central and field offices.
Administrative buildings in zone A will remain closed with the exception of essential operations. Employees from administrative offices in zone A may be redeployed by supervisors to alternative work sites.
Additionally, two administrative office sites are currently closed due to power outages or damage: Tweed and 49-51 Chambers Street.
Below is a list of administrative office sites where displaced staff may report and have access to a networked computer. These sites will be able to accommodate all non-school based staff who are displaced.
Because of the lingering effects of the storm, continue to exercise caution and allow extra time for travel to work tomorrow morning. If mass transit services have not yet been restored in your neighborhood, and you have no other safe and feasible way to travel to work, then you should use your judgment and delay your arrival. There will be no penalties for transit-related lateness. If you cannot come to work, you should use annual leave, personal leave/CAR time or compensatory time to stay home. Continue to use your judgment and ensure your safety first. Administrative offices will be open and staff can report to work or take leave. For those who have no applicable leave balance, leave may be advanced for this purpose. For hourly employees who are unable to come to work, offices should make every effort to schedule make up hours within this pay period if at all possible.
Please check the MTA web site at www.mta.info for the latest on mass transit service; also, please be sure to check www.nyc.gov and the Department of Education web site for any additional information. Please distribute this memo to other staff.
Questions about this policy should be directed to Lawrence Becker atLBecker@schools.nyc.gov or Joann Molter at JMolter@schools.nyc.gov.
We will continue to update you. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Dennis M. Walcott
4360 Broadway, New York, NY
1230 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY
1 Fordham Plaza, Bronx, NY
501 Courtland Avenue, Bronx, NY
3450 East Tremont, Bronx, NY
65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY
131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY
5618 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
1665 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
1780 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
335 Adams Street, 4th & 5th Floors, Brooklyn, NY
335 Adams Street, 28th & 29th Floors, Brooklyn, NY
2 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY
355 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY
30-48 Linden Place, Queens, NY
28-11 Queens Plaza North, Queens, NY
45 -18 Court Square, Queens NY
82-01 Rockaway Blvd, Queens NY
90-27 Sutphin Blvd, Queens NY
Petrides/715 Ocean Terrace- “A” Building, Staten Island, NY
__._,_.___As for the subways, here is the latest from the MTA via NBC News.