This petition is to demand the closure of schools in New York City and to provide emergency paid leave to school staff and school crossing guards, until the City is able to actually have a handle on the spread of the Coronavirus. This is for public and safety and health, which should be prioritized above all else.
*Afterschool programs should be able to run all day for parents who are unable to take off from work, which means vouchers need to be given to parents to cover the cost.
Governor Cuomo has recently declared a State of Emergency for New York due to the increasing spread of the Coronavirus. There are new cases of those who test positive on a daily basis. There is also the fact that testing is not being made available to thousands as promised, especially in Black, Brown and Low Income Communities. Mayor De'Blasio and Chancellor Carranza, seem to have forgotten about Our children throughout this pandemic. Many conferences and even some social gatherings have been cancelled, but yet Parent Teachers Conferences and daily school activities are being held with no true concern for the safety of the children, teachers, staff and families. They are dropping the ball and we cannot allow the health and safety of the people to be compromised for political pandering. Many private institutions in New York City have already taken the necessary steps to close and there has been reports of one public school with a student that tested positive for the Coronavirus in Brooklyn, a teacher at another school and ao forth.
We demand that all schools in New York City be closed, that all schools be thoroughly disinfected and that educators, staff and school crossing guards be given immediate emergency paid leave. We must do better to be better abd the time is now.