NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Mayor de Blasio announced the city is working with schools to create a contingency plan for the return of students in September.
“We’re going to make it work to the maximum in each school,” de Blasio said.
He said Chancellor Richard Carranza will meet with principals Thursday to figure out the safe number of students that can return at each school.
“The focus and goal will always be health and safety first for our kids, for our families, for all the people who work in our schools,” the mayor said.
Part of school reopening, de Blasio said, is a daily deep cleaning “to make sure the schools, top to bottom, are safe.”
He said face coverings will be provided for free to anyone who needs one. Social distancing is also required.
There will be hand-washing and hand-sanitizer stations throughout the buildings.
“These are the things we need to do to give people confidence and make sure they’re safe,” de Blasio said.
The mayor said a Department of Education survey of 450,000 families indicated 75% want their children back to school in the fall.
However, the state is not signed off for the schools reopening in the city.
“The Governor has said any determination is premature at this point and we will need to see how the virus develops,” Dani Lever, Communications Director for Governor Cuomo, said.
.@NYCMayor is expressing confidence that city schools will reopen for in-person learning in the fall. He says @NYCSchools is working on safety plans that include mandatory face coverings and hand sanitizing stations. https://t.co/JgCHXrNMvr
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) July 2, 2020