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New York City Closes Public Schools as COVID-19 Cases Surge

New York City Mayor Bill de Blaiso announced last Nov. 18 that the entire public school system in the city would close for the second time, citing a rise in COVID-19 cases.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blaiso announced last Nov. 18 that the entire public school system in the city would close for the second time, citing a rise in COVID-19 cases.

De Blaiso said that 1,800 schools  will go back to remote learning starting on Nov. 19 until further notice due to the city reaching a seven-day average positivity rate of 3%.

The rate is according to data from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the city.

“No one is happy about this decision,” de Blaiso said, adding the need to follow a “very clear standard” that has been set.

According to the Department of Education in the largest district in the United States, when the percent of the positive tests in the city reaches 3% or higher using a seven-day rolling average, schools will close and students will shift to remote learning for a minimum of two weeks. 

De Blaiso also said that his office has been working with the state of New York to find ways “on exactly what it would take” for schools to return.

“We intend to come back and to come back quickly as possible,” de Blaiso said.

The decision comes as the country’s largest school system with 1.1 million students was reopened for just under eight weeks.

According to the health department, New York, which is the most populous city in the country, has reported 1,113 daily cases last Nov. 15, bringing the total number of cases citywide to 273,080.

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