LONG BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The weather and not the coronavirus is to blame for the cancellation of the first day of school in Long Beach on Long Island.
Heavy rain flooded streets Thursday morning, preventing staff and buses from getting to school.
"Many vehicles, including our buses, were suddenly stranded, and buses could not get through as roads became impassable," schools superintendent Dr. Jennifer Gallagher wrote in a message on Facebok. "Many staff members have been unable to get to our buildings, and we still cannot get our buses through. As difficult as this is on this first day of school, we cannot open our buildings today."
Gallagher said some middle school and high school students, whose buses were able to make it in before schools closed, are being cared for by administrators and will be brought back home once it is safe to do so.
The first day of classes has been postponed to Friday.
"Thanks for your patience during yet another challenge of 2020. We were so excited to see students today, and we can’t wait to welcome them back," Gallagher said.
In Seaford, St. William the Abbot School canceled classes for Thursday and Friday due to extensive flooding in the building.
Tropical downpours flooded Nassau and Suffolk counties with more than a month's worth of rain in just over an hour on Thursday.