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De Blasio: NYC Public Schools to Remain Closed for Rest of the Year

PS11 Queens (Queens Post)

April 11, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

All public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the current academic school year and will reopen again in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning.

The mayor said it was the right decision to keep them closed since it would help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. He said that if the schools were to reopen prematurely there would be a risk that they would have to be shut down again.

“It would create so much disruption and confusion,” De Blasio said at a press briefing. “The risk did not outweigh the reward.”

De Blasio shut schools down on March 16 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and students began online learning the following week.

All students, he said, will continue with online learning and the city will increase its staffing levels and support hours to help parents with online teaching.

New online teaching programs will be rolled out and the mayor stated that it was a primary objective for senior students to graduate on time this year.

“We do not want to see these seniors robbed of their future, robbed of that joyous moment when they graduate high school,” the mayor said.

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If people are told to go back to work in May or June then schools should reopen soon after. If we are asked to go back during the summer then schools should reopen for at least 6 weeks to make up for lost time. Otherwise we will be raising an illiterate generation.

Never have anything to do with a child.

Why is it the teacher’s fault/responsibility that we ‘are raising ‘an illiterate generation’? Last I knew parents and other caregivers were children’s first teachers.

We can tell you have NOTHING to do with education. SCHOOL IS STILL IN SESSION! We are doing everything online, REMOTELY. Teachers are WORKING HARDER THAN EVER! Students as well!


I could not find any eggs left at my local market for easter. But i found about 6 lemons for 5 dollars to draw smileys on. Happy easter.


Once the city hotels are filled up with single homeless people i am afraid that our mayor will turn our local schools into homeless shelters. One of our local leaders or someone in his office is bound to suggest it. So many families with children that could fled the city weeks ago. Bilingual spanish teachers will be even more in demand if the schools ever open or for online teaching.


Since schools are closed they should turn them into factories to make face masks for the public. There are a lot of tailors and seamstresses out of work and looking for a job.


how about deblasio addressing food price gouging? the supermarkets in sunnyside are charging $12 for a dozen eggs! yeah, unhappy easter.


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