NYC (Channel Tt): New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had been reluctant to close the school system because of the consequences for students and families. Just Saturday, the Democratic mayor said keeping schools running was critical. He worried that health care workers, first responders and other needed workers would have to stay home to care for children, and that hundreds of thousands of poor students could go hungry without their free or reduced-price school meals.
Multiple states had already announced they were closing schools. So have cities including Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The shutdown had started to seem inevitable Sunday as de Blasio lost key support to keep schools open and Cuomo called for all downstate schools to be closed.
"For New York City, I want to close the New York City public schools," the Democratic governor had said earlier in the day, adding he thought it prudent to do so as soon as a plan was in place to ensure that children of health care workers would be cared for.
Cuomo spoke shortly after county officials shut schools in Long Island and, across the state, in all of Erie County, including Buffalo.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that all public schools will be closed starting on Monday and expected to reopen on April 20.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is standing by his decision to keep his city’s public school district ― the nation’s largest ― open amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite a growing number of districts and states across the country closing their schools.
“My blunt fear is if the schools shut down, they will be done for the year, done for the school year, maybe even the calendar year,” he said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
If students are not at school they may miss meals, may not have adult supervision at home, or they could force a parent, whose job is needed amid the outbreak, to miss work to stay home with them, he said.
The shutdown affects the city's nearly 1,900 public schools. Many private schools already have closed.
New York comptroller calls for shutdown whole city:
At the same time New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D) called for a city-wide shutdown, including closing bars and restaurants, on Sunday as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.