The Schools of Ground Zero is the story of how public school districts in Lower Manhattan dealt with the events of Sept.11, 2001, and their aftermath. Written by the parents of two children who attend public school in lower Manhattan, this book focuses on the effect that the Sept. 11 attacks had on the physical and mental health of New York City schoolchildren and their parents. At the time of the attacks, there were more than 6,000 children attending the public schools in the vicinity of the World Trade Center. The Schools of Ground Zero uses the example of the World Trade Center attacks to illustrate how school officials may be unprepared to cope with emergencies, and uncertain how to proceed after the event. Drawing on interviews with parents, teachers, New York Board of Education officials and environmental consultants, the authors make practical recommendations for safeguarding the health and safety of schoolchildren in times of crisis.