Letter from Chancellor Denis M. Walcott

posted Nov 6, 2012, 6:51 AM by Sylwia Jasinski
November 5, 2012
Dear Families,
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and secure following last week’s storm. As the grandparent of a child attending a New York City public school, I understand how disruptive and trying these past days have been. Some of you may have lost loved ones or know people who have; I offer my condolences to you. Many of you have had to take time off from work to care for your children who have not been at school. I also know that many of you have been without power for days and have experienced severe damage to your homes. The challenges so many have faced are unprecedented.
I know you and your children are eager for life to return to normal and want to reassure you that we are doing our best to ensure our students are back in a safe classroom where they can learn. While the majority of schools will reopen to students today, 57 of our schools sustained severe damage and will open to students in new locations on Wednesday, November 7. You can find information on temporary relocation for these schools, and the schools that will host them, here.
Unfortunately, the storm has also displaced many of our families. We’re making it easier for students to attend a school near their temporary residence:
 Elementary and middle school students can enroll at the zoned school for their new temporary residence. To find the zoned school for an address, visit schools.nyc.gov or call 311. If there is no zoned school for an address, you should visit an enrollment office. To find the enrollment office nearest you, visit schools.nyc.gov or call 311.
 All displaced high school students should visit an enrollment office if they would like to enroll at a high school that is closer to their new residence.
 Displaced students do not need to provide any documents in order to enroll.
I understand the significant impact this storm has had on your lives. We are committed to working around the clock to help your children make a smooth transition back to school. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of dedicated educators and principals working tirelessly across the City on behalf of our students. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time. Please stay safe and know that we are here for you.
Dennis M. Walcott