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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Staten Island public school students displaced by Sandy can take online courses by Jillian Jorgensen/Staten Island Advance

Intermediate and high school students who have been displaced from their homes or their schools by Hurricane Sandy can take online classes to help keep up with their classwork, city schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Tuesday.


The online courses will be available for students in grade six through 12, in core subject areas and electives including English, math, economics, calculus, world history and Spanish.

Teachers who have experience in online learning will teach the courses, and the New York, Queens and Brooklyn Public Library branches will provide enrolled students with internet access at locations throughout the city -- including on Staten Island. Any students in the borough who don't have internet access at home -- or who cannot go home in the wake of the hurricane -- can take the courses using computers at any Staten Island branch of the New York Public Library.

To enroll in these online courses, students must call 718-642-5885 to fill out an interest form, or they can do so online at
Staff will then follow to determine if students are eligible, and will set up learning plans.