Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that New York City public schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
Although the decision was characterized as “painful,” the Mayor says, “It will help us to save lives,” de Blasio said during a news briefing at City Hall. “It’s the right decision.”
Reportedly, due to the spread, almost 2,000 schools across the five boroughs have shut down. The mayor did say, the social distancing strategies are working to stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve, and should continue.
Many parents and family members have stepped up and stepped in as acting instructors while students have been home over a month. The city is reportedly trying to get devices to students who still don’t have them by the end of the month. Roughly “175,000 devices that belonged to schools have been loaned out already.”
A lot of seniors, and graduating students are concerned about missing graduation, and activities such as prom. “We do not want to see these seniors robbed of their future,” the mayor said. He also states, Department of Education will be working closely with the 75,000 seniors who expect to graduate this year.
Hear Mayor de Blasio’s comments below.