Pearl River schools will remain closed for a third consecutive day Wednesday due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The Pearl River School District administration made the decision at a 4 p.m. meeting Tuesday.
"While the storm has ended, the damage left behind is keeping us from being able to safely open schools," Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said through a release from the district. "There are trees and power lines down, tree limbs dangling and trees leaning against other that could fall without warning. This danger requires that schools remain closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
"Also, while it is a parental decision, I would suggest that the danger of being out with exposed wires and falling branches outweight any benefits of trick or treating. On Wednesday afternoon, we will be making a decision regarding the opening of schools Thursday."
Many residents and buildings in Pearl River are without power and there are still trees down in some of the district building parking lots, including one that is uprooted near the entrance to Pearl River High School.
Check back with Patch for more on closings and the ongoing impact of Hurricane Sanday.