Schools to Stay Closed Tuesday Due To Sandy

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The city's decision to keep all public schools closed for another day, due to the storm, means parents will have to keep making alternate plans for their children.

All after-school activities and Public Schools Athletic League events will also be cancelled, the Department of Education said.

On Third Avenue and East 15th Street in Manhattan, Mischa Doubrovkine-Paskar took her four-year old son Ilan and her year and a half-old daughter out for a little air while it was still safe to do so.

"It's just so windy and it's pulling me backwards!" Ilan exclaimed, as he struggled not to blow away.

His mother said they had spent the morning painting, playing with Legos and play-dough, and also doing laundry. Ilan normally goes to pre-school. "He needed to get some fresh air, he was starting to get a little hyper," said Doubrovkine-Parker.

Sixty-four city schools are serving as evacuation centers during the storm, along with some colleges and other sites. The mayor and the chancellor thanked the teachers and other Department of Education staffers who have been volunteering.

SchoolBook reader J-La sent us a picture on Facebook of how her two daughters are riding out Hurricane Sandy - as princesses in a castle. Let us know how you're spending your day here or by sending your photos to or tweeeting us @SchoolBook.

And listen to the interview posted above with Leslie Bushara, deputy director for Education and Guest Services at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. She said the storm offers a great opportunity to build forts, play cards and have quality time with your children.

Nine-year-old Nora from Brooklyn said she plans to play with legos and lots of board games. When asked how much time those activities would occupy she predicted "three hours." As it stands, Hurricane Sandy is expected to linger over the tri-state region for about two days.