No Word Yet On Whether Schools Will Be Open Wednesday

Lack of power an issue.

Schoolchildren hoping for another day off from classes on Wednesday in Riverhead will have to hold their breath for just a little bit longer.

Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Nancy Carney said Tuesday that no decision had been made yet about whether schools would be open on Wednesday, as the district still recovers from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.

"We still have schools with no power," Carney said.

In addition, at a meeting held on Tuesday with town officials to formulate a gameplan moving forward, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said the goal was to empty the emergency shelter set up at Riverhead High School, so that classes could resume on Wednesday.

Although 330 individuals sought shelter at the high school, but Tuesday morning, only approximately 40 were left, officials said. Approximately half of those still occupying the temporary shelter are homeless.

However, the Red Cross will be consolidating shelters across Suffolk County and could be sending some others to the Riverhead High School location.


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