According to the New York TV channel NY1, this opinion was expressed by the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio at a meeting with journalists.
вЂњWe know that holding classes outdoors is an idea that works,вЂќ he said. вЂ” There are many opportunities in this way.
By next Friday, the city school administrations must submit their plans for outdoor classes to the city department of education. They should indicate specific streets, parks, and sports grounds where classes could be held in a safe environment. The mayor did not specify whether the city authorities intend to provide the schools with additional funding to purchase equipment necessary to organize outdoor classes, such as tents and tents. The mayor had previously opposed this form of education, citing weather conditions in New York City.
Suggestions for outdoor rather than classroom-based classes at the beginning of the school year were made in mid-July. Among other things, it was proposed to block traffic in individual neighborhoods during the school year and to allow school administrations to set up tents in the streets.
Previously, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly stated that the cessation of classes in the event of a coronavirus outbreak would need to be addressed by individual school district leaders, in particular the New York City school district, which has 1,800 schools and 1.1 million students, will be subject to stricter coronavirus testing standards. There, schools will be closed if the number of infections detected within the district exceeds 3 percent within seven days, compared to 5 percent for other school districts.
According to Johns Hopkins University, which makes calculations based on reports from U.S. authorities, the World Health Organization, and other official sources, more than 5.71 million cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the United States, and more than 176,900 people have died. The largest number of deaths вЂ” 32.8 thousand вЂ” was registered in New York state.