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Teachers, Parents Say City’s Silence on School-Based Infections is Putting Families At Risk

Educators and advocates are raising alarms over the city’s decision to stop publicly confirming positive cases of the coronavirus in school communities — as even with schools closed, teachers, parents and students may be left in the dark over their exposure to the potentially fatal disease.

They point to a lack of clear protocols from the Department of Education for schools where staffers tested positive, and expressed frustration the city has not revealed the number of DOE employees who contracted the virus. Even after schools were closed, teachers and other staff reported to school for three days from March 17 to 19 for remote learning training.

City Council education chair Mark Treyger said the DOE has been leaving it up to individual principals but cautioned that was not enough to safeguard school communities.

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