NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) New York City released new guidelines on Thursday to determine when public schools must be closed for Coronavirus cases.
CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports just one day before parents have to make a decision about how their child will attend classes.
PS 192 in Harlem was temporarily closed because two machines were not involved COVID cases at school.
There have been almost 850 buildings closed across the city since September, making face-to-face learning difficult.
“It’s a little difficult because sometimes they miss a lot of classes and distance learning is sometimes difficult for us,” said parent Mabelene Santiago.
Starting Monday, tpolicy changes make it harder for schools to close completely.
City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said: “The era of 24-hour disruption, shutdown is over.
Now if there were two or three cases in a school, the building would remain open while the affected classrooms would be away for 10 days, and the randomization would double to 40% of the staff. and students.
School will only be closed if four or more unrelated cases can be traced back to the school.
“We have seen the harm that can come from disrupting children’s social, emotional and educational development, and we are balancing that with the data we have learned, ”Said Dr. Jay Varma, the city’s senior community advisor, Health.
Data show that infection rates in schools remain low, and that at least 65,000 employees – often the source of transmission – have been vaccinated.
Still COVID The variants cause concern and national health experts say they can be more transmissible in children.
“I really feel confident that we can continue to apply very rigorous safety standards to keep our schools safe even though the virus is resisting by evolving and changing,” Varma said.
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At the same time, Major Bill de Blasio and the Education Department hopes to welcome more students back to school live – five days a week – starting this month.
“We still have PPE, we still have ventilation, we still clean … It’s all there,” Unified Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew said. “Most schools in New York City will do a 40% test every week.”
The teacher unions have joined in, hoping more parents and students will feel safe.
However, Cline-Thomas has spoken to many parents who say they are sticking to distance learning and may reconsider face-to-face learning in the fall.
The opt-in window will end on Friday.