NYC student coalition rally against back to school plans, voice pandemic concerns

A group of students say their safety is not being prioritized and they're fighting the city's back to school plans, even after in-person learning was delayed once again.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2020, 10:20 PM

Updated 1,342 days ago

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A group of students say their safety is not being prioritized and they're fighting the city's back to school plans, even after in-person learning was delayed once again.
The coalition New York City Student Strike, made up of 27 members, organized a student-led virtual rally on Sept. 15 to voice their demands.
Students from across the city say they are standing in solidarity with educators who are afraid to teach in-person classes because of COVID-19.
All but one of the students who are part of New York City Student Strike say they're opting for full remote learning. They say they're also fighting for their peers who are not able to make that same choice.
"It's so important to give this publicity to our purpose and to get more people to support why it's super shameless that the mayor and other people who have that power that shouldn't be given to them. They're the ones that are prioritizing their capital over our lives," says Queens High School for the Sciences at York College student Sophie Xu.
"My dad and mom are at high risk, especially my dad who is very old, but I chose to go back, especially because I wanted take this opportunity for a journalistic opportunity, and kind of expose and report what is happening in the DOE schools," says Farzana Pritte, a student at the Boerum Hill School for International Studies.
"It's also a statement of my safety because I need to put my safety and my life first," says William Diep, a Brooklyn Latin School student.
"I wanted to fight for myself because I am a student and I wouldn't want to go back into that situation," says Emmanuela Sepetia, another Brooklyn Latin School student.
New York City Student Strike says it's planning another rally at Washington Square Park on Oct. 1.
News 12 reached out to the city's Department of Education which said in part, "Every family has the right to make the deeply personal decision of what this school year will look like for their students, and we will provide a high-quality education five days a week no matter the setting. New York City is the safest major city in the country."


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