Most Providence Public Schools Open Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Most children in Providence are returning to school after the first day of class was delayed a day because of Tropical Storm Irene.

Thirty-four of the city's 37 schools reopened on Wednesday. The city says three schools will remain closed, including the Carl G. Lauro Elementary School, which still has no power. It is unclear
when Lauro will open. The Fortes and Lima elementary schools are scheduled to reopen on Sept 6.

Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) and acting Superintendent Susan Lisi started their day early Wednesday by sending off bus drivers and monitors from the First Student bus yard.

They will spend the remainder of the day visiting schools.

City officials say school buildings emerged largely unscathed by Irene. School was initially scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

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