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Stomach Virus Breaks Out At New York High School Being Used As Storm Shelter, Forces Closure

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Three of four high schools in Park Slope’s John Jay campus were closed Wednesday after 13 children living in an emergency shelter there contracted a highly contagious stomach virus, the New York Daily News reports.

John Jay High School was scheduled to open for classes on Wednesday, but was closed to allow for a “vigorous” cleaning.

According to WNBC, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said none of the sickened storm evacuees were severely ill, and that the cleaning is being done as a precaution.

GothamSchools reports the Department of Education expects that John Jay’s four schools will be able to open Thursday. All schools still being used as shelters will reopen to students Thursday as well, Bloomberg said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Most NYC schools reopened Monday, but 22 remained closed Wednesday — 13 because they were still without power. Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky said it was “unlikely” that most of the 13 Queens schools — which serve 6,000 students — would have their power restored before Thursday, when students are expected to report to new locations, according to GothamSchools.

Meanwhile, FDR High School in Brooklyn and George Washington High School in Manhattan announced emergency closures Wednesday after officials were unable to transfer shelter residents in time, according to the Daily News.

In Staten Island, Michael J. Petrides School is expected to receive around 400 students from flooded Public School 52. Seven or eight classes will be held in one shared assembly hall.

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