NEW YORK (AP) - New York City schoolchildren are preparing to go back to the classroom on Monday, a week after Superstorm Sandy barreled into the region.
But there are many challenges involved in restarting the nation's largest school district, with 1.1 million students.
Many residents in Lower Manhattan, Staten Island and other neighborhoods still are without power Saturday. Others lost their homes altogether and are still cleaning up debris.
Some city schools are being used as shelters. And with gasoline scarce and public transportation crippled, many teachers and students will have a hard time getting to school.
Yet school officials say most of the city's 1,700 public schools will open on Monday. Fifty-seven schools with flooding or structural damage will remain closed.
Power is slowly coming back, subway trains are reaching farther and emergency gasoline supplies are being delivered, but there's still a long way to go before the New York area can be considered back to normal as it recovers from the storm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says about 80 percent of subway service has been restored.
The number of power outages left by Superstorm Sandy is dropping but still totals more than a million. New York utilities report about 900,000 customers remain without power this morning, with more than half of them on Long Island.
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