As of Thursday, the Education Ministry says a total of 169 school sites will be entirely remote for at least the next two weeks. However, the boundaries of COVID-19 hotspots are not so clear. Sunset Park in Brooklyn is split into two zones, and it wasn’t until earlier in the evening that students at one school found out they wouldn’t be allowed to return to class.
Parents gathered outside a Forest Hills public school on Wednesday afternoon, urging Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to let their children return to classrooms.
“We feel that the city is failing us again,” said Ifat Golanorgad.
It’s one of 108 school sites closed since Tuesday in areas of the COVID-19 cluster, where the infection rate is above 3% or what the Cuomo government has dubbed the “orange” and “red” areas. .
“The disagreements between the mayor and the governor are certainly not helping,” said a relative.
“I needed more time to prepare for something like this,” Golanorgad said.
And that was before the city closed another five dozen school sites on Wednesday night, with immediate effect.
Frustrated parents took to Twitter to speak to the DOE.
“Giving families notice at 8:15 pm that their students’ schools will be closed tomorrow is disrespectful,” one person wrote.
“My son just fell asleep and we don’t know if our school is open or closed tomorrow,” wrote another.
Mayor de Blasio may have foreshadowed this confusion earlier today when asked about color-coded areas.
“We are working with the state to define the exact boundaries very clearly,” said de Blasio.
The city has also rolled out a new location map to help residents determine which stops will apply to them in the morning.
In addition to schools starting on Thursdays, businesses, restaurants and non-essential places of worship are to have limited capacity in sensitive areas. One night after members of the Brooklyn Orthodox community burned their masks in protest against the restrictions, hundreds of people were on the streets again on Wednesday, vowing to defy closure orders.
City Hall said the NYPD would enforce the new restrictions. When asked if this includes places of worship, the mayor’s office replied, “We have already done this. We will do it again. ”
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