Overnight, principals and administrators had to negotiate between anxious parents, city officials and teachers. They were forced to become experts in personal protective equipment, conduct health examinations, and support students during loss and bereavement.
At PS / MS 5 Public School in the South Bronx, Principal Danielle Keane was invited to visit a young student, after her mother died from Covid-19.
“Do you know what ‘past’ means? Principal Keane remembers asking the girl.
“Well my brothers are crying,” she said, “so it can’t be good.”