After flood response uproar, NYC colleges get detailed memo for a drizzle


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After New York Metropolis’s Training Division flubbed its response to final week’s historic flooding, the company seems to be on a course correction — and presumably overcompensating for its latest errors. 

Upfront of a few quarter-inch to an inch of rain anticipated Friday, officers despatched two emails to principals with detailed steering on find out how to reply. 

“Our expectation is that this rain won’t considerably disrupt the common faculty day,” a Thursday evening electronic mail acknowledged, “however we wish to be ready for any potential impression in our most flood inclined colleges and on afterschool or weekend programming throughout the town.”

They despatched no such data to principals final week earlier than six inches of rain inundated some components of the town.  

Officers despatched a second electronic mail Friday afternoon with a “temporary climate replace” for the weekend, and letting principals know they’d discretion on find out how to deal with school-based actions since there can be no system-wide resolution.

Colleges Chancellor David Banks this week admitted there was communication breakdown in how the town dealt with its response as floodwaters rose. He promised an investigation into what went improper. 

Banks and Mayor Eric Adams talked about throughout a storm-related press convention that colleges ought to shelter in place. However that message was by no means immediately communicated to colleges, a number of principals advised Chalkbeat.  

Banks promised earlier this week: “We are able to do higher, and I feel we will definitely be working to do higher subsequent time.” 

Mayor Eric Adams additionally posted on X (previously Twitter) that the town was making ready for heavy rains Friday evening and into Saturday. 

Some principals thought the e-mail despatched to highschool leaders on Thursday evening was overkill, very similar to when a brand new mayor, after bungling his first blizzard, reacts to a forecast of snow flurries by salting the roads upfront. 

Under is the Thursday evening letter that went out to principals.

Michael Elsen-Rooney is a reporter for Chalkbeat New York, masking NYC public colleges. Contact Michael at

Amy Zimmer is the bureau chief for Chalkbeat New York. Contact Amy at


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