COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-09-12

Thursday, September 10, 2020, NYC Mayor de Blasio - How Many Cases to Expect When Schools Reopen?

Question: As far as schools reopening, invariably, there will be some positive cases, right? So how many should be expected during the first few weeks of school and what numbers would constitute a success or a failure?

Mayor: What do we expect? We don't have a perfect way to expect here. It really depends so much on individuals. You've got folks in the school communities who are really going out of their way to be careful, we're emphasizing strongly that people need to watch for symptoms, get tested in advance. I think people are doing that. I think you're going to see a lot of care taken in terms of health and safety, and that makes me hopeful that, although you're right, of course, there will be some cases, it's normal that there would be that we'll see a good experience here.

In terms of what kind of standard to hold for the whole system, I think we're going into something that is different than any experience that we've had before. Of course, there will be days where you'll find a case in the classroom, the classroom has to be shut down. There'll be even some times when a school has to be shut down, but it's a temporary reality, and then people come back and proceed. I think you'll see many schools where that doesn't happen. There's not an easy way to have a standard. What really matters here is to keep everyone safe, to make sure kids get the best education possible, to provide that support to working families that they are desperately asking us for. That's the mission, and I'm convinced that we can go through with that mission in a safe fashion.
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