Parents are fighting to keep their children at home and at schools across the city as schools close.
A large majority of New York City’s schools are still open for regular school hours, and they have remained open for a year, despite being closed for the hurricane.
Schools are closing for regular schools to avoid a possible surge in students who could drop out.
As a result, many parents are feeling pressure to pick up their children and make their way to the city and out of their homes.
New York City Public Schools Superintendent David Niedzwiecki told reporters the closings will be temporary.
He said a decision on whether or not to reopen the schools will be made after students are assessed by counselors.
“We will make the final decision about whether or in what school or at what time, once we see the students, the counselors and then the principals and we’ll make a decision about when it will reopen,” he said.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday the closures were to “avoid a potential surge in student dropouts”. “
I think the most important thing is to make sure that our schools are open.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday the closures were to “avoid a potential surge in student dropouts”.
“When we have students that are so anxious and worried about the future, we need to make certain that we’re providing them with a safe and nurturing environment,” he added.
“We are providing them, and I think all of us, with the opportunity to help them and support them.”
He also announced a program in which students can receive support from local public schools for up to two weeks during the crisis.
In addition, schools are being shut down for the day to allow the public to re-open, with most schools opening back up at 8am.
Parents were given the option to stay home or take their children to a school for a day or two.