Updated, Monday: Greenport, Mattituck-Cutchogue, Shelter Island, and Southold school districts have all cancelled classes for Tuesday after closing school on Monday. WLNG reported that Oysterponds will be closed Tuesday as well, though that could not be independently confirmed.
Original story: Making way for emergency shelters set up by town officials, several North Fork school districts have announced they are closed for at least Monday as Hurricane Sandy makes her way up the east coast.
Notifications of closing Monday are up on school districts in Southold, Shelter Island and Mattituck-Cutchogue, and Greenport School Board President Heather Wolf confirmed that Greenport Union Free School District will be closed on Monday. Plans for school in Oysterponds and New Suffolk School Districts could not be confirmed immediately.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in advance of the storm.
Following declarations of emergency by state and county officials in preceding days, the Town of Southold declared an official emergency starting Sunday at 5 p.m.
The town will be using schools as emergency shelters starting at that time for residents looking for a safe place to stay, and officials have suggested that anyone living in low-lying areas evacuate themselves and head for higher ground.
All town shelters will be pet-friendly.
Riverhead Central School District announced it will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, as will Bishop McGann-Mercy High School. Town officials will be setting up an emergency shelter at Riverhead high school.
The National Hurricane Center said Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of the Sunday 11 a.m. advisory. It’s moving to the northeast at 14 mph about 575 miles south of New York City.