“We are going to keep the schools open.” The new mayor of New York assures in spite of the increase of Covid-19

New York.- Schoolchildren in New York City returned to the classroom on Monday despite an increase in infections for COVID-19 during the holidays, and Mayor Eric Adams, recently sworn in, told parents: “We will be safe and we will be open to educating our children.”

Adams, a Democrat who took office Saturday, told a news conference Monday morning that the city would take care of the increase in coronavirus cases.

“We are going to pivot. We are going to change. We are going to adjust. We will do it. That is the bottom line. We are going to keep the schools open, ”Adams said.

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David Banks, the new rector of schools, said the city has strengthened its group of substitute teachers and has had administrative staff available to assist teachers who are absent due to the virus.

“Everything indicates that we are in a pretty good place at the moment,” Banks said.

Adams’ predecessor Bill de Blasio announced last week a plan to reopen schools after the holidays with increased surveillance testing COVID-19 and COVID-19 testing at home that are sent home with students who have an infected classmate.

Adams She said her office is studying whether the city can require testing at schools, trying to determine if there are enough supplies and if Gov. Kathy Hochul needs to approve such a measure.
“I’m a believer in demanding proof,” Adams said.

Officials of new york city They have said since the early days of the pandemic in 2020 that masked mandates, social distancing and other security measures meant that children were safer in school than anywhere else.

Esther Farran said she felt good about taking her 4-year-old daughter to her public preschool in Manhattan on Monday.

“I’m not very concerned and we really don’t have any other options,” Farran said, noting that she and her husband work. “And I see that this particular school takes good precautions.”

Trisha White said that school in person was much better for her 9-year-old son than distance learning.

“He could catch the virus outside of school,” she reasoned as she dropped her son off and headed to work, “so what can you do? You know, I wouldn’t blame the school system. They are doing their best. “

The United Federation of Teachers He had asked Adams to postpone in-person learning for a week to assess potential staff shortages given the spike in COVID-19 cases. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said Monday the union remains concerned about staffing.

“This is going to be a very, very challenging week,” he told a news conference.

Mulgrew said the feasibility of using administrative staff members to replace absent teachers depends on factors such as how many teachers are out.

“There is no one-size-fits-all answer,” he said.

New cases of COVID-19 they more than doubled in the city during school holidays. In the seven-day period ending Saturday, the city averaged about 36,900 new cases per day, compared to 17,180 per day in the seven days before schools closed for the holidays.

The public school system of new york city It is by far the largest in the country with approximately one million students. The city’s Department of Education website listed eight schools that were closed due to the virus, out of about 1,700.

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The school was canceled Monday in upstate Syracuse due to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 and the lack of substitutes to cover absences. The district said take-home tests would continue to be given in city schools.

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