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‘We Are Staying Open,’ New York City Mayor Says of Schools

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City insisted schools would remain open despite surging Omicron cases in the city. He said remote learning has been too damaging, especially to children in low-income neighborhoods and homeless students.

We’re really excited about the opening of our schools, and we want to be extremely clear: The safest place for our children is in a school building. And we are going to keep our schools open, and ensure that our children are safe — in a safe environment. Our children were exposed to an environment of crime and of uncertainty. It really traumatized parents that did not have child care. The remote learning aspect of it was terrible for in poorer communities, particularly those children that lived in homeless shelters or that lived — were housing insecure. The food aspect — schools provide primary meals for many students in this city. And then the socialization. We saw an increase in suicide, attempted suicides. We’re not sending an unclear message of what is going to happen day to day. I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen day to day. We are staying open. We’re going to do everything that we have to do to keep our schools open. And I know there’s questions about staffing. I know this question about testing. There’s a lot of questions, but we’re going to turn those question marks into an exclamation point. We’re staying open.

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‘We Are Staying Open,’ New York City Mayor Says of Schools

By The New York Times January 3, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City insisted schools would remain open despite surging Omicron cases in the city. He said remote learning has been too damaging, especially to children in low-income neighborhoods and homeless students.

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