New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio stands at P.S. 188 as he welcomes elementary college college students again to the town’s public faculties for in-person studying on September 29, 2020 in New York Metropolis.

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New York Metropolis’s faculties will transfer to distant studying solely as the town tries to tamp down a rising variety of coronavirus instances, Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced in a Tweet on Wednesday.

The shuttering of the nation’s largest college system had been anticipated for days after de Blasio advised mother and father on Friday to have a plan in place in case the town decides to shut faculties for in-person studying, NBC News New York reported.

“We’re in the course of one thing actually robust proper now,” de Blasio stated at a press briefing Monday. “Now we have put well being and security first, and we’ll put well being and security first.”

The mayor stated the town would shut lecture rooms if the citywide positivity fee, or the proportion of optimistic assessments, hits a mean of three%. On a name with reporters Friday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated the town has the authority to shut faculties if native officers suppose it is acceptable.

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