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NYC Teachers Union Calls on De Blasio to Shut Down Schools as Parents Increasingly Keep Kids Home

Amid growing coronavirus concerns, New York City’s teachers union as well as the union representing school administrators called on Friday for the country’s largest school system to close its doors in the face of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strident opposition.

“We understand the immense disruption this will create for our families,”  teachers union president Michael Mulgrew said in a statement. “But right now more than a million students and staff crisscross the city every day on their way to schools, putting themselves and others at risk of exposure and increasing the likelihood of bringing exposure into their homes and communities.”

Meanwhile, New York City parents, educators, and schools are increasingly taking matters into their own hands as concerns about coronavirus mount — along with the number of confirmed cases.

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