NYC Public Schools to Reopen, But Could Close if Infections Occur

NYC Public Schools to Reopen, But Could Close if Infections Occur

New York - Public schools in New York City will tentatively open in September if the infection rate remains before 3 percent, and will abruptly close if COVID-19 cases begin appearing.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his decision on Friday, adding that the 3 percent will be calculated over a 7-day average to avoid single-day jumps.

"I'm very hopeful about that," the mayor said. "We know we could do it."

The infection rate has been below 3 percent for the past 50 days. If a spike occurs, schools would immediately transition back to remote lessons. 

Schools could open on a sliding scale, with students trading off when they come for a social distanced class.

photo credit: Tomash Devenishek/Flickr (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

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