PATERSON - Paterson Schools Superintendent Dr. Donnie Evans says the district will delay the start of the 2011 - 2012 school year due to flooding and access issues.

The Passaic River has begun to recede, but Dr. Evans says students will begin classes on Sept. 8 and teachers will return to school Sept. 6.

Schools 4 and 28 are flooded. Eastside High School and school 24 are being used as evacuation centers.

The Paterson School District has 54 schools, 29,000 students and 4,500 faculty and staff members.