“Our public schools are home to everything that happens in New York City,” Major Bill de Blasio said Thursday morning. “
Starting Monday, any classroom that is found to be infected will immediately close its doors and move away from afar. If two or three classrooms are affected, they will close, and testing for the whole school will double, but the school will not close.
If infection is found in four different classrooms within seven days from a known source in the school, the school will be closed for 10 days.
- If there is a case in a classroom, that class will switch to 10-day distance learning
- If there are two to three cases a week across the school, testing will have to be intensified
- If there are four or more cases per week across the school – in different classes and derived from school contact – the school will close and transition to distance learning for 10 days
The new rules apply to individual schools, not entire buildings.
On Monday, the mayor and school principals said the city was ending the two-case rule, which would temporarily shut down schools if two positive cases were found.
One parent told CBS2: “Hopefully it will bring more consistency to their children’s learning.
School principal Meisha Ross Porter affirms that it will.
“More days in the New York City children’s classroom,” she said.
With new research shows that COVID Is impacting more children and young people, city leaders still think this is the right choice.
Dr. Jay Varma said: “I feel confident that we can continue to apply very rigorous safety standards to keep our schools safe, even though the virus is fighting back by evolving. And change.
The teacher unions introduced the new rules, saying the changes can be done safely.
“Our stringent COVID precautions mean schools are the safest public spaces in New York City – with infection rates below one percent, even if the rate of infection is in the public. copper is much higher, ” Unified Teachers Union said in a statement. “One component, agreed upon by our independent medical experts, is the two-case rule… Now, with our growing knowledge of the spread of the virus and when many Teachers and other school staff have been vaccinated, and our medical experts believe that the rule can be changed and safety is maintained. “
Information is released one day before the deadline for students to choose to participate in live study this school year.
The mayor said he remains confident that public schools will be able to welcome students back full-time in September.