Public schools will remain closed in East Hampton, Springs, Montauk, Amagansett and Wainscott on Wednesday this week, according to East Hampton School District Superintendent Richard Burns.
Transportation for both students and staff, as well as communication—it was still unclear who could receive outgoing email or phone messages on Tuesday—were the most pressing problems for East Hampton, the superintendent said. Thankfully, East Hampton’s school buildings were intact, although there were downed utility lines in the middle school driveway. In addition, a portion of Newtown Lane was closed in front of the school, making access to both that school and East Hampton High School more difficult. The high school was still being used as a Red Cross shelter for people rendered homeless or without power by the storm, at least through the overnight on Tuesday.
According to Mr. Burns, the Springs School was without electricity, the Amagansett School was missing internet and phone access, the Montauk School had part of its roof blown off, and East Hampton’s John Marshall Elementary School had some siding fall off.
“We’re hoping for Thursday,” Mr. Burns said of East Hampton’s planned reopening date. The other school districts send some of their students to East Hampton schools, thus they tend to follow East Hampton’s lead at their own schools when it comes to openings and closings.