32,000 more students enroll in remote learning as teachers across the city rally against safety conditions
More students are opting for remote learning, as teachers and school staff members continue to speak out about the conditions of school buildings in New York City.
Department of Education data shows that in just one week the number of students enrolling in remote learning jumped by more than 32,000.
This comes as teachers continue to rally across the city, including staff at the Grace Dodge Campus in Belmont rallying almost every day last week with plans to continue this morning.
The teachers in the Bronx building say the campus is unsafe for staff and students. Since faculty returned to the school buildings last Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio says 55 members citywide have tested positive for COVID-19.
News 12 is told one teacher at P.S.139 in Brooklyn tested positive. Staff there chose to work outside Monday, stating they didn’t feel safe entering the building.
In the wake of these growing concerns, the city has launched what they call a Department of Education COVID-19 Situation Room, which is a direct hotline for principals and school leaders to report suspected cases of coronavirus and get quick action. Officials say the situation room will help ensure no cases fall through the cracks.
The president of the UFT says staffing concerns remain a big issue as well and that the city’s move to add 2,000 additional educators into schools across the city is not enough.