Schools in at least 74 downstate districts remained closed Monday a week after Superstorm Sandy first hit New York, according to the state Education Department.
A total of 358 school districts — about half of the total in New York state — had schools that were closed on Tuesday, the day after the storm. That number dropped significantly to 195 on Wednesday before leveling out at 153 on Thursday.
The below spreadsheet, provided by the State Education Department, shows a district-by-district look at which schools have been closed, showing dozens that have lost a full five days since Sandy hit.
State law requires public schools to be in session for 180 days per school year, with districts facing a loss of state aid if that requirement isn’t met. Some lawmakers, however, have said they will seek to relax the requirement to districts hit by Sandy, as they did when tropical storms Irene and Lee damaged large swaths of upstate last year.
Here’s the spreadsheet, courtesy of SED: