By COLlive reporter
Associated Beth Rivkah Schools in Crown Heights, the flagship institution educating Chabad girls, is delaying its first day of school this week.
In an automated call to parents, the school said that aside for headstart, all of its divisions will not be starting the new school year on Wednesday. That includes Elementary and High School.
Bais Rivkah has two campuses: Campus Chomesh houses the Headstart and Elementary divisions at 470 Lefferts Avenue, while Administration, High School, and Seminary are housed at 310 Crown Street.
A person involved with helping Bais Rivkah told COLlive.com that the reason for the delay is the mounting financial strains.
“We are pretty much a public school without public funding,” the person said about the school’s policy of accepting all of the neighborhood’s children. “Many parents are in dire financial situation.”
“We are the only institution in Crown Heights that never turns down a child and does not discriminate against anyone for not paying tuition,” the person added. “We are definitely facing a crisis and we hope the community pulls through for the school that serves them.”
An administrative official said that the decision to postpone the opening date was by the principals and faculty for not being fully paid.
The official said that the hope is that the school will reopen on Thursday, September 4 or Friday, September 5. “It won’t be more than a day or two,” the person said.