I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. You and all your fellow New Yorkers have done an incredible job fighting COVID-19 since March. However, as you likely are aware, some areas of the city have been experiencing elevated rates of COVID-19 transmission. These areas cover nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens, including the zip code where your child’s school is located.
Out of an abundance of caution, and to keep you and your family safe, yesterday Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in these areas. This plan includes closing all school buildings in these zip codes beginning Tuesday, October 6 for at least a two-week period. This would mean your child’s school is planning to transition to fully remote teaching and learning beginning this Tuesday, October 6 for a two-week period. You will hear important next steps from your principal today. The city is taking these steps to ensure we can contain spread of the coronavirus across our communities. When transmission rates decrease to under 3%, then your child’s school can reopen—as soon as Wednesday, October 21. If the transmission rates persist above 3% in these zip codes, the Mayor has proposed keeping school buildings closed and other precautions in place for a longer duration. We will proactively provide you with updates on reopening.
It is important to note that there is no evidence that schools in these zip codes have had an increase in positive cases, nor is there any indication that higher transmission rates in these neighborhoods is due to school buildings being open. The step to close school buildings is one of many steps being taken to help reduce transmission in these specific zip codes.