As School Building Is Repaired, Students Shuttled Uptown

East Side and Girls Prep Entrance at East 11th StreetSanna Chu East 11th Street.

After yesterday’s evacuation, the building on 12th Street that holds East Side Community High School and Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School remains deserted, and it may stay that way for a while.

Today a general contractor at the site, who did not want to be named, told The Local that the building would most likely be off limits for at least a month as workers repair a wall that separated from the rest of the structure.

East Side students spent the day at P.S. 19, Asher Levy School, around the corner on First Avenue, and Girls Prep students were relocated to Lower East Side Elementary School on East Houston Street. But starting Thursday, they’ll have to travel farther to get to classes.

Marge Feinberg, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, told The Local that Girls Prep students will be relocated to P.S. 158 at 1458 York Avenue, between 77th and 78th Streets, and East Side will be relocated to Norman Thomas High School at 111 East 33rd Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. The students will be at these locations “for the duration of the repairs to the school building,” she said, adding that those eligible for yellow bus transportation will receive shuttle bus service from near the school building.

For now, the building between First Avenue and Avenue A is being guarded by contractors hired to put out markers and make sure no one – children or otherwise – enters it. They’ll be stationed there around the clock, in front of the entrances on both East 11th and 12th Streets.

Next door, Mary Help of Christians was also hit with a vacate order, due to the possibility that the school’s damaged wall might collapse on the church. Last night, the prayer group that has been worshipping at its steps since the church closed earlier this month were once again displaced, this time by yellow caution tape blocking off the sidewalk. They prayed in front of the adjacent rectory instead.

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