NEW YORK (November 4, 2012)--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 of Lower Manhattan, Staten Island and other neighborhoods are still are without power and others have 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.
About 80 percent of the city's subway service has been restored.
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.