33 more New York schools to close as part of COVID cluster zone plan on Thursday for a total of 124


NEW YORK (WABC) – New restrictions in COVID-19 hotspots mean more schools will close across New York City. The teachers’ union said the Education Department had informed principals of 33 more schools that they would be closed as of Thursday. The updated announcement on Wednesday night came after the DOE compared the maps of the COVID groups from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nine zip code groups.All school buildings in the red zones and orange zones will be closed and students will move on to in-person learning.

If a school building was closed as part of the mayor’s nine postcode plan, it remains closed. This list was of 91 schools (spread over 108 sites).

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Using the governor’s maps, there are now 124 schools (spread over 153 locations) that are in the red and orange zones. These schools will close and become totally remote.

This list includes the original 91 schools, plus 33 additional schools.

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The Cluster Action initiative applies to all of Brooklyn as well as to clustered areas of Queens, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Broome counties.

The city is also monitoring the increase in cases in Crown Heights and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, the mayor said.

The rules are divided into three colors: Red is the center of the cluster. Orange is the surrounding area – a ring around the center. Yellow is a ring around the orange ring – the precautionary area.

In addition to the building closures in the red and orange zones, 308 other public school sites are identified in the yellow zone and will be subject to mandatory weekly testing. Weekly testing is expected to start next Friday.

Rules in the red zone:

-Worship houses – 25% capacity, 10 people maximum
-Mass gatherings prohibited
-Non-essential businesses closed
-Take-out dinner only
-Schools closed

Rules in the orange zone:

-Worship houses – 33% capacity, 25 people maximum
-Mass gatherings – 10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
– Businesses – Closure of high risk non-essential businesses such as gyms and personal care
-Outdoor dinner only with a maximum of 4 people per table
– Schools: distance learning only

Rules in the yellow zone

-Houses of worship -50% capacity
-Mass gatherings – 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
-Open companies
-Dinner inside and outside
-Schools – Compulsory weekly student / teacher / staff test for in-person lessons. Testing will begin next week.

In the red areas, it will be like coming back in April and May.

“If we all do well what we have done before, under much more difficult circumstances we limit this problem to a limited part of the city for a limited period of time, then we reopen in those places and keep moving forward,” the Mayor Bill de Dit Blasio.

Click here Find out if you’re in a COVID hotspot and what new restrictions apply.

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