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ANSWER: That is what I thought. You did not file the application within the two deadlines. And you do not appear qualify for reconsideration or to reopen.
You also are not eligible for reinstatement, since it has been more than 5 months since your status ended.
Therefore, the only option you have is to leave the US and reenter the US with a valid visa and a valid I-20, issued from the school after a new SEVIS record has been created. The only way this is possible is if you leave the US and start over.
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