Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated they plan on reopening public schools by next week, as a response to parents protesting schools closures. Actually the city government had earlier warned people that if the COVID-19 positivity rate reaches 3% in the metropolis, public schools will be closed. Yet parents are mad because they were not involved in the consultation process.
While the NYC mayor stated that the plan requires the support of the parents by being partners in making the plan successful, parents were not satisfied. Mainly because Mayor de Blasio promised that there will be a plan in place before the coming of the holidays. However, the NYC Mayor has not given any insights or plans for addressing the problem except that the reopening will be done gradually, which crushed hopes that classes will resume next week.
Parents Remain Angry w/ NYC Mayor’s Handling of School Closures
A growing number of fuming parents started a protest outside of Grace Mansion, as a way to put pressure on Mayor de Blasio to come up with a plan for reopening the public schools in the area. However, the COVID-19 cases show no signs of stopping anytime, which could raise NYC’s alarm level to orange. If so, the authority to make decisions concerning schools will be handed to the state government under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
One of the people who demands answers concerning the reopening of schools from the mayor is Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. According to him, the government is taking the future of the youth by putting kids out of schools.