Flood Damage Delays School 4's Opening

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School No. 4
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PATERSON, NJ – Hurricane flooding has damaged School No. 4 so severely it won’t be ready to open on Thursday, officials said.

For School No. 4 students, the start of classes has been pushed back to Mon., Sept. 5.  Students from School 4 are being assigned to three separate sites.

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Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will go to St. Mary's at 95 Sherman Street, seventh and eighth grades will go to 137 Ellison Street, which had housed the Education academy last year, and students in self-contained special education classes will go to School No. 28.

The district will provide buses for students who normally walk to School 4. Last year, School 4 had about 635 students. Students at School 4 will have to make up the extra days off later in the school year, officials said

It's not clear when School 4's building will be ready to open.

Paterson Public Schools was supposed to start classes Tuesday, but officials pushed that back to Thursday because of the massive flooding that hit the city. School 4’s opening may get pushed back even more, depending on the logistics involving the new space where those classes will be held, officials said.

In additional to School No. 4, district officials had been concerned about School No. 28, which also took a hard hit in the flooding. But district spokeswoman Terry Corallo said School 28 will be ready by Thursday.

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