Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves NYC’s public school system and Covid-19.
New York City reopened some of its public schools Monday in the time of a worsening coronavirus outbreak.
The test positivity rate has increased since the city closed schools, and the seven day rolling average rate exceeded 5 percent last week. Hospitalizations have quickly mounted. Still, NYC’s mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that “the schools in this city are among the safest places to be.” He noted that later this week the city planned to reopen some schools on Staten Island, even though the borough has seen positive infection test rates surge recently.
de Blasio’s decision was applauded by many parents, there is no guarantee that the pattern of chaos that they have faced will continue on as the fall turns to winter. New York City’s rules for handling positive cases all but guarantee frequent and sudden closures of individual classrooms and school buildings.
It also remains unclear whether the city will be able to reopen its middle and high schools to in person learning any time soon.