Mayor de Blasio orders city schools closed for rest of the year: ‘It is painful, but it will save lives’
(File photo) Mayor Bill de Blasio outside the Javits Center on Sunday, April 5, 2020.(Michael Appleton)
Mayor de Blasio on Saturday ordered all city schools closed for the remainder of the school year as the coronavirus pandemic continues its stranglehold on the five boroughs.
“We will not be able to bring our schools back before the end of the school year,” de Blasio said in a video press conference. “There was nothing easy about this decision.”
Last month, De Blasio ordered city schools closed until April 20 after spring break, but the mayor said over the last few weeks that goal became more and more unattainable.
“It is painful, but it will save lives and guarantee that the strategies that we have put in place are working,” de Blasio said about the social distancing rules to tamp down the spread of the virus. “They need time to continue to be effective.”
City schools should be able to reopen in September, he said.
Online classes will continue, with more educators, support for parents, and expanded hours added to the remote learning system, de Blasio said
More creative at-home programming will also be coming out in the next few weeks, he said.