CSA Statement Calling For The Closure of NYC Schools Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak
As we have already communicated to the Mayor’s Office, CSA strongly urges the Mayor and Chancellor to close our city’s schools now.
We share our deep sympathy with all those New York City families who have been impacted by this health crisis and those who will be impacted in the coming weeks and months.
Nothing is more important to school leaders than the health, safety, and well-being of our communities. Throughout the last two weeks, our city’s principals, assistant principals, education administrators, school supervisors, early childhood education directors and assistant directors have demonstrated the true leadership that New Yorkers have come to expect from them. They have worked to keep our city’s children safe and continued to provide them with the education they deserve as this crisis has evolved and escalated. They have done their best to calm the fears of students, parents, and their staff and communicated vital and necessary information according to the DOE and DOH’s guidance.
No one takes this decision lightly as we all know how vital our public schools are to the life of New Yorkers. No one knows that more than those who lead them. From the moment the mayor announced that someone had tested positive here in New York City, we have all hoped that we could somehow mitigate the impact of this crisis without the need to close schools. But the decision to close our schools is the right one. Teaching and learning in this environment have simply become untenable and the boldest of measures are now fully necessary.
We hope that our Mayor and Chancellor will hear the collective voices of our city’s educators and now shift to distance learning. We are confident that our school leaders will successfully guide their staff and parents through the challenges to come. We will all work together to develop contingency plans that mitigate the impact of school closures on New York City families, particularly the most vulnerable. And we will work tirelessly to provide our city’s children with the education they deserve and continue to serve our communities however we are able. And when our schools are once again fully up and running, our public schools system will be stronger for it.