With many local residents continuing to dig out from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy while also not having power to their homes, the Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown school districts have decided to close Thursday for a fourth straight day.
Wantagh Acting Superintendent Maureen Goldberg said in a statement issued to parents that all five of the district's schools remain without power on Wednesday and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has not been able to provide a prediction of when electricity may be restored.
"Today I toured the schools and community and although the schools are undamaged, they cannot be opened without electricity," Goldberg said. "Assuming we are able to open next week, Election Day November 6 will now be a day for students. Previously this was designated as a Staff Development Day but in order to recapture an academic day, students will now attend school on Tuesday."
As of Wednesday morning, LIPA reported more than 10,000 outages in the Wantagh-Seaford area. The Town of Hempstead has been working to clear many downed trees in the area.
"The devastation to homes in several areas of our community has been significant," Goldberg said. "Please keep these neighbors in your thoughts."