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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Friday, January 11, 2019

On Saturday, April 11, after consulting with public health experts and educators about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year . Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced that New York City public school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning. We will continue to operate our 400+ school-based Meal Hubs, which serve three free meals a day to any New Yorker who needs them, and we will continue to ensure child care for the children of essential workers.

This is a painful but necessary decision. Public health experts have determined that community transmission of COVID-19 will be widespread well into the end of the school year. Even at low-level transmission, we’d have new cases, which would be extremely difficult to contain school-to-school. We believe there simply wouldn’t be enough time to bring our students back.

We know how important it is to have some sense of predictability in order to plan for what’s best for your family. This crisis is hitting all of us very hard. We are hopeful that this sense of certainty will allow for more stability and the ability to plan for work and home lives. The DOE is committed to supporting our students and families as you continue this tremendous undertaking.

Read the letter from Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announcing Remote Learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.