The following request for information was received on November 5, 2012 from the Office of Non-Public Education, U.S. Department of Education.
The Office of Non-Public Education would like express our concern for all of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We hope that the recovery efforts are well underway and that your students, faculties, and families are all safe and out of harm’s way.
In order to greater understand the impact that Hurricane Sandy had on America’s schools, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for data related to schools in the areas impacted by the storm. In particular, they are primarily concerned with data indicating public and nonpublic schools and districts that are closed, damaged, or being used as shelters in the aftermath of the storm. FEMA would also like information as to the current status of school operations, such as if schools closed and when they reopened or are scheduled to reopen, the type and extent of damage schools received (e.g., flooding, structural damage, etc.), and the reason for closure (e.g., being used as shelter, no power, inaccessible roads, evacuated students and staff, etc.).
Any information you can provide is helpful and sincerely appreciated. Please send this information to Amy Banks in the ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students Hurricane Sandy Response Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Non-Public Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202