New York City (Channel TT): The city shuttered a Bronx school building Thursday after a child there tested positive for coronavirus, the first public school student known to carry the potentially deadly bug, the mayor said.
“This morning, we are closing two co-located schools, the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology and South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School, due to a student’s self-confirmed positive case of COVID-19,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
The schools serve grades 6 through 12. His spokeswoman, Freddi Goldstein, clarified that the case is “self-confirmed” because the student’s parent said the child tested positive for the coronavirus, but the case hasn’t officially been entered in the state database. The city currently has 62 confirmed cases of the potentially deadly disease.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking action based on this parent’s credible report,” Goldstein said. “The Health Department will trace close contacts of this individual to recommend quarantine and testing as necessary,” the mayor said in the statement.
“The Department of Education will completely disinfect the building, and it will be closed for an initial 24-hour period.
“We don’t make this decision lightly, and we know the disruption and anxiety this means for students, faculty and parents. We are taking every precaution to keep people safe, and we will keep everyone informed as we learn more through the day,” de Blasio said.
NYC Mayor de Blasio said he had no plans to close the city’s public school system.
Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t want New York City to implement an Italy-style shutdown because of coronavirus for fear that a total quarantine could crater the economy into 2021. “We’ve got to see if there are things we can do short of that total shutdown model,” de Blasio said Thursday morning to the mainstream media.
The Corona virus is widespread in school. There are numerous Bangladeshi students in the city's public schools. The parents of those students are now in under fear. Their parents want the public school suppose to be closed. But the Mayor doesn't want to close the whole public school system. Many have been disappointed with the mayor's policy while talking to the Channel TT.
In the same time Brooklyn school to begin remote learning next week for corona fears.
A high performing city elementary school in a top Brooklyn district will offer remote learning to parents unwilling to send their kids to school because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Post has learned.
“Starting next week, we will be offering remote learning opportunities to students who are kept home as a parental decision in an effort to protect your children from being affected,” PS 310 principal Yuqing Hong wrote in a letter.
She didn’t say if in-person classes would be cancelled at the Sunset Park school, but sources said that step is being considered.