Private Schools Chart Own Path as De Blasio Shuts NYC System

Clay Curtis
November 20, 2020

"I'm no longer content with four men, Bill de Blasio, Michael Mulgrew (President of the United Federation of Teachers), Richard Carranza (New York City Schools Chancellor) and (Governor) Andrew Cuomo, to decide whether my child can go to school tomorrow", said another, standing with her daughter who was holding a sign reading: "we need our teachers".

"Well, I don't really care what you think". As the rate neared that point last week, de Blasio advised parents to prepare for a possible shutdown.

In addition to shutting indoor dining, the orange zone restrictions close gyms, fitness centers and salons.

State data is slightly different, but both the mayor and governor have said that their data is directionally the same. In fact, a revision of earlier city data, as slower-returning test results came in, showed it had likely been above that threshold since November 11.

The city's public school students will now be taught entirely online, as most already are. "Does the city still have the ability to close its schools?"

The state's seven-day average for New York City has been on an uninterrupted upward trend for the last month, rising from 1.1% on October 18, hitting 1.5% on November 1 and crossing the 2% threshold on November 10, data obtained by The Post shows.

New York City schools closing because of rising covid-19 rates

Even as the school system stayed open, more than 1,000 classrooms went through temporary closures after students or staffers tested positive, and officials began instituting local shutdowns in neighborhoods where coronavirus cases were rising rapidly. "So if in fact you do close schools, I would urge the mayor and all involved to open them as quickly as possible". There are more than 140 members of the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York, which includes early childhood education programs. In-person school resumed September 21 for pre-kindergarteners and some special education students. The city reported 1,255 new cases of Covid-19 on a 7-day average. De Blasio has set a metric of 3% for school closures as part of the partial re-opening plan in the fall, as he faced significant pressure from the powerful teachers union, which had threatened to strike. He argued that students needed services they got in school and that many parents were counting on it in order to get back to work.

To keep students spread out, the city offered in-person learning only part-time, with youngsters logging on from home the rest of the time.

The city agreed to changes, including hiring thousands more teachers and testing 10% to 20% of all students and staffers per month for the virus.

Mr Cuomo, who has been at odds with Mr Blasio on the threshold for closing schools, got into a heated exchange with reporters who asked whether they would be open on Thursday.

Cuomo predicted a "tremendous spike" in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving as he pleaded with people not to be lulled into a false sense of safety over the holiday. Your home sounds safe.

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