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New York City Public Schools to Close In-Person Classes: De Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Nov. 18, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City public schools will close in-person classes starting Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.

Public schools will switch to fully remote classes beginning tomorrow — until further notice. The move comes as New York City’s COVID-19 positivity rate reached 3 percent over a seven-day rolling average, de Blasio announced via Twitter.

De Blasio had warned that once the 3-percent benchmark was breached, the city would shut down public school buildings.

“New York City has reached the 3 percent testing positivity 7-day average threshold,” de Blasio tweeted. “Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out an abundance of caution.”

City health officials set the 3 percent threshold as the marker to close down public school buildings when they first unveiled the Department of Education reopening plan at the start of the school year.

De Blasio decided to stick to the 3 percent yardstick, despite evidence that shows COVID-19 transmission has remained low at city schools. The city’s random testing program at public schools returned just a 0.23 percent positivity rate out of 140,434 students and staff tested for the seven days ending Nov. 16.

City officials have not said how long public schools will be closed — just “until further notice.” However, previous rules state public schools would close for a minimum of two weeks should the city reach the 3 percent mark.

De Blasio is expected to announce further details soon.

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Jimmy C

The infection rate in the public schools is less than 1 percent with all the testing. Death rate among school age kids is virtually non existent if they catch covid. So the idiot mayor closes schools. Remote learning he says. Meanwhile over 60,000 kids, mostly poor minorities, have no laptops or high speed access to attend remote classes. This man is like a curse on NYC.

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