Superstorm Sandy impacts education
Students gather in the only building at the New School that has electricity after Superstorm Sandy struck New York City.
October 31st, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Superstorm Sandy impacts education

By John Martin, CNN

(CNN) – Even in its aftermath, Superstorm Sandy is having a major impact on education. Schools in New York City and much of the state of New Jersey, among other areas, were closed for the third straight day on Wednesday. NYC Schools is the nation’s largest school system, with more than one million students attending about 1,700 schools in the city.

CNN scanned a variety of local news sites and found weather-related school closings from as far south as South Carolina to as far north as Maine on Tuesday. By Wednesday, there were fewer closings along the coastal states, but significant closings in inland states like Ohio and West Virginia. Some schools, both public and private, still had no power Wednesday morning.

Colleges and universities have also shut down due to this disaster.

New Jersey’s Rutgers University closed at noon on Monday. The university canceled classes on two of its largest campuses for the rest of the week, affecting more than 50,000 students.

Both Yale and Harvard Universities canceled classes according to their websites. Harvard Crimson, the school newspaper, said that Harvard rarely cancels classes, but Monday's closing was in part a response to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s request that all schools and colleges close statewide. Yale closed both Monday and Tuesday and resumed classes on Wednesday.

In response to the storm, some of the nation’s top universities have extended an important deadline for prospective freshman, the November 1 deadline for early admission applications. Students applying to Columbia University, Duke University and the College of William and Mary and several others have a few extra days to turn in their paperwork.

The U.S. Department of Education has also extended an important deadline. The agency extended its October 30 deadline for new Race to the Top district applications. The new deadline for the $400 million award hadn’t been announced as of Wednesday, but the USDOE web site says the new deadline will be posted soon.

Did the storm affect your school? Tell us in comments below.

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    November 7, 2012 at 3:53 am |
  2. Devin

    i thinks its going to be while before people get back on track with there regular schedule. Especially with Sandy still going on and after the superstorm theres gunna be a mess. It will be a while before they get everything cleaned up and they get the schools and the power back to millions.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  3. Hannah

    the right thing to do is to pray for all of the ones who lost their homes and we should be thankful that most of us didnt loose our homes....................................................

    November 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  4. Marie

    I can understand people wanting things back to normal as quickly as possible. Those families need time to focus on what's important at this time which is making sure their families are safe, warm, and fed. The authorities need time to make repairs and to get things back up and running. It's a tragedy and it can't be cleaned up in a moments notice. It will take weeks before the hardest hit areas are back up and running. In the mean time those kidsand their families are still learning. They are learning how to deal with a tragedy, how to cope with grief, how to lend a hand to a person in need, and for those who are in need are learning to humbly accept help when it is needed.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  5. Taylor

    Is there any possible way for me, who lives in Illinois, create a fundraiser for candy and send it to the children is Hurricane Sandy? I really feel bad for them because they cant trick or treat this year but I think they should get candy. I need to know as soon as possible so I can have kids from my school bring in candy that I can donate. I really hope I can.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • jomartin

      Hi Taylor,
      You can find ways to help at Impact Your World:

      November 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  6. lala

    my school doesn't have any light...

    October 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  7. skylene

    Sandy will take some time. Let it go through, keep children out of the streets and don't panic! You will be alright after it is gone. The most likely thing to happen is when Sandy gets out of the north-east, the middle east will get the rest of the storm but not as bad.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  8. Arella

    Kids were saying how lucky the kids that didn't have school were. I tried to tell them that they had a great school to go to, and to be glad it wasn't flooded.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  9. dominick speziale

    just be patient –it is just too dangerous to have people out on the streets especially children with no subways -buses-trees and power lines down etc . Needless to say this is an inprecedented event and all need to stay calm and vigilant–its not over by a long shot.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  10. Kaylyn Campbell

    I am a teacher in New York City and we are still wondering when we are going to be able to go back to school. I received a picture that showed the yard in the back of the school completely flooded; it looked like a river. The amount of damage done by Hurricane Sandy is unimaginable.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • jomartin

      Hi Kaylyn,
      We're seeing reports that NYC is going back to school on Monday. Is your school ready? Please let us know how it goes.

      November 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |