Most NYC schools to open Monday despite challenges

November 3, 2012
Yellow caution tape tells people not to enter Public School 15 in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, where families of many students who attend the school are still without power, Friday Nov. 2, 2012. Across the city, parents and kids cooped up for a week said they were ready to heed the mayor's call to return to school Monday, though some wondered heading into the weekend whether it was possible in devastated areas and how it would all work for the nation's largest school system serving about 1.1 million kids. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City schoolchildren are preparing to go back to the classroom on Monday, a week after Superstorm Sandy barreled into the city and the region.

But there are many challenges involved in restarting the nation's largest school district, with 1.1 million students.

Many residents in Lower Manhattan, Staten Island and other neighborhoods still are without power Saturday. Others lost their homes altogether and are still cleaning up debris.

Some city schools are being used as shelters. And with gasoline scarce and public transportation crippled, many teachers and students will have a hard time getting to school.

Yet school officials say most of the city's 1,700 public schools will open on Monday. Fifty-seven schools with flooding or structural damage will remain closed.