Cresskill school still closed for Ida repairs, students cope with remote learning

Remnants of Hurricane Ida caused major damage to school infrastructure

The start of the school year has been tough for families in Cresskill. After spending a year learning remotely during the pandemic, students and educators at the high school are back to the same virtual pattern after the town was rocked by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which tore through the school building causing damage worth half the district’s yearly operating budget.

Cresskill Superintendent Mike Burke, who is working to remediate the building and get approximately 1,000 students back to learning in person, is also working to get a certificate of occupancy for nearby St. Therese for middle school students.

Limor Kovar, president of Cresskill Middle and High School Home School Association, said, “We do understand the administration, they’re working night and day to have the kids back to school… We don’t know when they will go back. That’s another frustration that the families are feeling.”

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