Paterson students head back to school after Ida's delay

PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Paterson Public Schools welcomed back students for in-person learning after having to delay reopening schools because of storm damage.

The district started with three days of remote learning as maintenance crews cleaned up the destruction left behind by Ida.

For most students, Monday marked the first day of in-person learning since schools closed in March 2020.

Superintendent Eileen Shafter welcomed students back at PS 21, HARP Academy, Norman S. Weir School and New Roberto Clemente.

Joseph A. Taub School and Public Schools 20 and 24 are still being repaired from the storm's damage. Staff and parents will receive further details when these schools are ready.

Masks are required in all New Jersey schools.

President Joe Biden approved major disaster declarations, making federal aid available for people in 11 New Jersey counties, including Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union.

To apply for federal assistance, visit or call 1-800-621-FEMA.

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