The nation’s largest public schools system won’t be doing any in-person instruction in the foreseeable future — and, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s one of the worst things that could happen to children.
After hitting a 3 percent COVID-19 positive test rate over a 7-day rolling average, New York City shut down in-person learning in its public school system on Thursday. While the arbitrary 3 percent guideline had been in place for some time, the announcement that the schools would be shuttered came just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to The New York Times.
It left parents with mere hours to find child care arrangements for their children as the city switched back to all-remote learning.
“I’m in my savings already paying someone to watch my kids and manage remote learning while I work,” a parent complained, according to The Times.