Many of the poor, elderly and/or sick people in this city do not reach out for help and do not seek assistance, for any number of reasons. In our opinion, the fact that NYC's Mayor and Chancellor will not close the public schools is dangerous for everyone who works in or attends the biggest public school system in the United States and can serve to spread the corona virus or any other contagion. We know that the NYC Department of Education gets paid for each seat that is occupied and does not get paid when the seat is not occupied. Too bad.
Latest tweet from the NYC DOE March 10, 2020:
"The health and safety of our students and school staff is our first priority. There are no plans to close schools at this time. Latest information sent to NYC public schools families regarding #coronavirus is available here: http://schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus."
The Coalition For the Homeless has the statistics. We know the problem. We must, as citizens, try to deal with it appropriately, i.e. for the health, safety and welfare of all the people in the city, country, world. We are all in this together.
Betsy Combier, email@example.com
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Basic Facts About Homelessness: New York City
Coronavirus: New York Won’t Close Schools Because Homeless Kids Have Nowhere Else to Go
For many thousands of students across New York City and the United States, school is the only place they receive regular meals, shelter, medical care, and other vital services.
As the number of cases of COVID-19 in the tri-state area rises to over 150, Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency across New York State. Local universities like Hofstra, Columbia and Yeshiva have shut their doors on students today. But the city has no plans to close public k-12 schools – because tens of thousands of homeless children have nowhere else to go. 34,000 children in New York City’s public school system currently live in emergency shelters, and a further 74,000 have only been spared the same fate by relatives, friends or neighbors who have taken them in. With 1.1 million students, the city has the largest public school system in the United States, one in ten of whom experienced homelessness in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a recent report from education group Advocates for Children. Thus, for many thousands of students, school is the only place they receive regular meals, shelter, medical care, and other vital services. For that reason, School Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said that they would remain open despite the risk and that closures would be considered only as a “last resort.”
It appears that the subway will be kept open at almost all costs, too. The confined space filled by 4.3 million people every day could pose a serious contagion threat, but it is also a crucial artery of the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested using alternative means of transport, if possible. “If you take the subway and you are able to wait for a less packed train, please do. If you have the option of walking or biking, please do. Buses can be crowded too, but less than subways, so please use these if you can,” he advised.