Public schools have been closed since the city reached a 3% positive last week.
“We will find our way back in this pandemic because we have proven that we can keep schools safe, but we need to return differently, given some of the challenges we face as a result of the second wave.” but Blasio said. “We will present this plan next week. It will take a lot of cooperation with the parents. We will need a lot of help from the parents, but we know that the parents want to get their children back to school. They will be our partners.”
Earlier, the parents held a rally and protested in front of the Gracie Mansion. They demand a plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio on how and when he plans to reopen schools.
According to the group, they have grown to 15,000 members and see no reason why schools should not reopen.
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But with the growing number of cases, much of the city could soon become an orange zone, giving the state power over the schools.
“Parents have been completely left out of this process. We have no place at the table and we are here to take a seat at the table,” said Daniela Jampel, parent and organizer.
About a dozen parents from the Keep NYC Schools Open, along with Eric Adams, president of Brooklyn Borough, demanded answers about reopening schools.
“I was angry two weeks ago, I was angry last week when the schools closed, and today I’m angry that the schools are still closed and that my daughter is standing next to me.”
“When you take them out of school, you take them out of their future,” said Eric Adams, president of Brooklyn Borough.
The mayor last week, when the city reached the 3 percent threshold and schools were closed, promised the city would have a plan ahead of the holiday. That didn’t happen, and hopes of reopening next Monday were dashed.
A week ago, parents marched on Park Row to City Hall gates to file a petition with more than 12,000 signatures demanding the reopening of schools.
A group of parents cited data showing that of the more than 140,000 COVID tests conducted between teachers and students since mid-October, only 308 were successful.
This is only a positivity rate of 0.23%.
Politicians, including public lawyer Jumaani Williams and Mark Treyger, the city council’s chairman of education, also openly voiced their intention to reopen schools.
Although he did not provide details of the plan to reopen the school, the mayor reiterated that all students must complete a consent form before entering the building.
“Every child needs to have a consent form because the tests will be more common,” he said. “Currently, it is customary in schools once a month. It will increase. We will work out the exact amount, but it will increase.”
but according to Blasio, the city focuses on the special education district of 75, followed by early childhood and primary school.
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