"We will also give considerable weight to our own experience in the building, such as the results of our weekly testing program and the many mitigation measures and health and safety protocols in the building, which continue to be substantial and are regularly evaluated and revised as needed by our own health staff", Lourie said in the email. "We must fight back the second wave of COVID-19".
The mayor started his press briefing Thursday discussing the "tough decision" to shift public school students to all-remote learning and responded to critics who questioned why indoor dining and gyms remain open.
At the time, the seven-day positive test average rate was under 2%.
Nearly 13,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition entitled "Keep NYC Schools Open" that campaigners and kids delivered to city hall and state Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.
The nation's largest public school system will halt in-person learning Thursday, the mayor and schools chancellor said.
The city's springtime stretch of all-online learning was "really awful" for the family, which shares a one-bedroom apartment in Upper Manhattan, said Foster, a former pharmaceutical advertising worker who left her job some years ago when one of her children had health problems.
In a press conference Wednesday, a reporter asked Gov. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) whether New York City will close its schools this week. The Department of Education provides bus services, meals and special education services to private schools in the city. "I think that it's quite clear that, within the next week or two, those restrictions are gonna be applied in New York City". "We've got to figure this out".
While European countries have so far kept schools open, focusing instead on shutting down indoor dining, bars and gyms, America's most populous city has taken the opposite approach.
De Blasio referenced the governor's warning that the city could become an orange zone if the state's metrics show NYC reached a 3% positivity rate.
Even as the school system stayed open, almost 1,500 classrooms went through temporary closures after students or staffers tested positive, and officials began instituting local shutdowns in neighbourhoods where coronavirus cases were rising rapidly.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made the looming restrictions sound as if they were a fait accompli Thursday during an interview on 1010-WINS where he was pressed on the possibility of Cuomo invoking the orange zone rules locally. "It's very likely to be in the next week or two".
Officials say the positivity rate in schools is just 0.23 percent.
The governor said the weeks leading up January will be a risky time.
"If I had to predict, you're going to see a significant spike post-Thanksgiving", Cuomo said.
"The effect this is having on our kids is going to last a lifetime", Megan Cossey, the mother of an 11-year-old, said outside city hall.
Even as the school system stayed open, more than 1,000 classrooms went through temporary closures after students or staffers tested positive, and officials began instituting local shutdowns in neighborhoods where coronavirus cases were rising rapidly.