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New York City public schools to remain closed for rest of school year

Updated: 2020-04-11 22:15
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Lydia Hassebroek, 10, who attends PS 34, conducts an experiment at her home in Brooklyn during the first day of remote school after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order closing public schools statewide due to concerns over the rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York City, US, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year as the city battles the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

"Having to tell you that we cannot bring our schools back for the remainder of this school year is painful, but I can also

tell you it is the right thing to do," he told a news conference.

De Blasio had ordered public schools shut beginning March 16 to curb the spread of the disease, with an initial goal of reopening by April 20. But the mayor said it soon became clear that date goal was unrealistic as the city emerged as a major US coronavirus hot spot.



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