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Disorganization, transit woes stymie many teachers' school prep

Teachers from schools in Chelsea relocated to LaGuardia High School's auditorium on the Upper West Side this morning. For most city high school teachers, today was a lesson in how to make do with less. All were asked to return to school for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit, in order to prepare for the schools to reopen to students next week. But many did so without their usual subway routes, and without internet or access to their classrooms or school buildings. And for the ones who were not told to relocate to other school buildings, the task of the day was to decide which parts of the curriculum to re-arrange or cut to make up for five days worth of instructional time, and how to address the emotional needs of students effected by the hurricane. Some school communities were organized and had ambitious plans for the day, but others were more scattered. The education department's last-minute instructions to displaced staff did not include specifics on what today would look like. After commuting for up to three hours on foot, bus or by bike this morning, many teachers arrived at schools uncertain of how they should use their time. Hundreds of teachers were relocated to large school buildings like LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts and the Martin Luther King campus because their schools lacked electricity or experienced flooding. Some said they tried to make the most of their first day back to work in a week, even though the vast majority lacked the supplies they needed. "We have no access to computers, and no materials here," wrote one teacher who was relocated to Art and Design High School in Midtown East on twitter. "Our principal and my AP won't make it in today."
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