“We will be replacing the two-case rule, and in the coming days we will be announcing a replacement rule,” the mayor said Monday, without providing any details about the future plan.
Schools had been forced to shut down for 10 days if two positive cases were detected. Some parents complained the rule caused too much disruption.
“The two-case rule obviously has led to an extraordinary number of closures. We know that any other standard will lead to a lot fewer closures. That’s what parents want to know,” de Blasio added.
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The mayor said he is in talks with the teachers’ union about replacing the rule, but the union said it has some issues with doing away with it.
“A proclamation is not a plan. The city can’t change the two-case rule without Albany’s approval,” the United Federation of Teachers said in a statement. “Thanks to the effectiveness and availability of vaccines, the percentage of adults testing positive for COVID has declined. But students now account for two-thirds of the new infections. We have been talking to our medical experts, and we will continue to discuss these issues with the city.”
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De Blasio also said the final opt-in window for students to return to in-person learning this school year has been extended to Friday.
“I know that frequent closures because of the old policy have made many families weary of in-person learning, opting instead of the consistency of remote learning,” Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter. “We want families to have more time to consider returning back to our classrooms.”