Coronavirus triggers first 14-day school shutdown in New York


NEW YORK CITY – Two unrelated coronavirus cases at a special education school in Queens caused the city’s first 14-day closure of a school building when the neighborhood reopened.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday the shutdown affected 262 blended learning students and 88 staff at John F. Kennedy Jr. School He noted that this was the first such quarantine across the country. building since teachers and students began to return to classrooms.”He’s the only one ever to have experienced this,” he said.

School administrators tweeted that the shutdown will last until Oct. 13 after an investigation by the city’s Traceability and Testing Corps and the city’s health department.

Protocols for reopening the city’s schools require an automatic 14-day shutdown if two cases of COVID-19 in the same building appear to be unrelated. The closure only affects the main school building at 57-12 94th St. in Elmhurst, according to a letter administrators sent to parents.

“We hope to return to the building on Wednesday October 14,” the letter said.


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