Jersey City school for special needs students closed for the day after roof partially collapses

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A Jersey City school for special needs students is closed for the day after the roof partially collapsed and will remain closed until engineers confirm that the building is structurally sound.

A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The district administration contacted us early this morning about the collapse of the Roof in the front section (portico) of the A. Harry Moore school building,” Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas said in a statement.

“The school is closed today and will remain closed until a civil engineering firm inspects and confirms the structural stability of the building, The safety and security of the students attending the AHM program is the utmost priority for the JCBOE. We will work with the NJCU who run the school program to explore any alternate arrangements for the interim.”

The school, located at 2078 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, has been open since 1931 and offers program for about 140 students between the ages of three and 21, according to NJCU’s official website.

Students who attend the school are grouped into three categories: preschool disabled, learning and language disabled and multiple disabled, the website says.