| With information from The New York Times
Whole system New York City Public Schools will close on Thursday, reported the rector of schools Richard A. Carranza in an email sent to directors, all in the wake of the recent spike in Covid-19 coronavirus infections.
News of the closure comes less than 8 weeks after the authorities decided to reopen the classroom doors.
In his report, Carrranza reported that the city reached the threshold of positivity necessary for the DOE to decide to temporarily close all buildings.
New York City achieved the COVID-19 positivity test average of 3% in seven days. This means that the public school buildings will be closed starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, as a precaution.
– New York City (@nycgob) November 18, 2020
The shutdown would be the most significant setback to New York’s recovery since the spring, when the city was the epicenter of the pandemic.
Notably by Blasio he was the first major city mayor to reopen school buildings.
In accordance with The New York Times, returning to remote education will affect about 300 thousand children.
Additionally, this will create significant childcare problems for parents who are counting on their children to be in school.
Despite the spike in coronavirus infections, transmission of the virus in New York schools had remained very low.
In this sense, the increase in cases does not appear to be due to the reopening of school buildings.