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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that schools with coronavirus cases would be shut down for a minimum of 24 hours.
Miranda Barbot, press secretary for the city’s Department of Education, recently joined Signal.
The city’s Department of Education has proposed a location for Success Academy in Queens after a tense fight between the city and charter parents.
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AROUND NEW YORK
SHUTDOWN FOR SCHOOLS WITH CORONAVIRUS CASES — POLITICO’s Nick Niedzwiadek: Any school in the state where a student tests positive for the coronavirus will shut down for a minimum of 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. “For all schools, we’re going to set a policy that if a student tests positive in a school that school is closed for an initial 24 hour period, so that we can do an assessment of the situation and the facts and then make the determination going forward given the facts in that particular school district,” Cuomo said at a morning press conference. The 24-hour period will be used to clean the school facilities, begin investigating the individual case and determine whether an extended closure is necessary, Cuomo said.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio said he agrees with the state’s decision to impose the shutdown and their teams are in close contact. He also said the city is working to have remote learning capacity for a “really intense scenario but it’s something we’d like to avoid.” And he added the city would find other ways to get meals to students who need them in the event of a school closure and that the city has a “reliable reserve” of substitute teachers and additional staff in the event they’re needed.
— Here’s the joint guidance from the State Education Department and the Department of Health.
— Brooklyn public school teacher Erin McCarthy discusses her week of hell over coronavirus scare with The City’s Greg B. Smith.
— Community Education Council 2 in Manhattan is postponing a town hall with New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza scheduled for Tuesday evening due to advice “to limit non-essential large gatherings,” via New York Post’s Selim Algar. The DOE said there’s no need to cancel large convenings like the town hall but would work with the council to identify a new date given its decision.
Fordham University Law School | Ajay Suresh/Flickr
Fordham University Law School | Ajay Suresh/Flickr
— Fordham University has announced that it is suspending face-to-face instruction on all of its New York-area campuses for Monday and Tuesday. Columbia University and Barnard College also cancelled in-person classes for Monday and Tuesday. St. John’s University is also closing its Staten Island and Queens campuses to students on Thursday and Friday to test virtual learning in preparation for potential closures related to coronavirus, via Staten Island Advance’s Annalise Knudson.
— New York University will also begin remote instruction this week.
— Union leaders are expressing concerns about a nursing shortage in the city’s public school system, The Chief Leader’s Crystal Lewis reports.
DOE PRESS SECRETARY JOINS SIGNAL — Chalkbeat’s Alex Zimmerman: “Senior city officials, including the mayor himself, have communicated using an encrypted messaging app, drawing complaints from good government groups since the messages can skirt public records laws. Now, the education department is the latest agency with a top official using the encrypted app called Signal: The agency’s press secretary joined over the weekend. Miranda Barbot, chief spokesperson for schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, created a Signal account on Sunday, according to an alert sent to her contacts already using the app, including a Chalkbeat reporter.”
SIENA HIT WITH NCAA PENALTIES — Times Union’s Mark Singelais and Mike Goodwin: “An NCAA investigation found the Siena College's men's basketball team provided impermissible benefits — including payment to players — during the tenure of former coach Jimmy Patsos, the college announced Monday. Siena will vacate its wins from 2015 to 2018, pay a $5,000 fine, serve three years probation and disassociate with an unnamed booster through March 2023. Patsos gets a three-year show-cause order, if he wants to coach again.”
SCHOOL BUSES FOR FOSTER CARE STUDENTS — Daily News’ Michael Elsen-Rooney: “Nearly 20 groups representing New York City foster kids pleaded with officials to finally guarantee school buses to students in foster care so they no longer have to switch schools because they can’t get to class. After pressure from advocates and lawmakers, the city Education Department added a foster care transportation liaison this year. Foster care agencies say that’s been a helpful step, but doesn’t solve the underlying problem.”
SUCCESS GETS SPACE IN QUEENS — amNew York’s Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech: “The Department of Education proposed a location for Success Academy in Far Rockaway after a three-year-long battle between the city and charter school parents on Friday, March 6. … According to a DOE’s website, the agency proposed two co-location sites for the school’s 227 middle school students, the first at M.S. 53 Brian Piccolo where the Success Academy is currently located and I.S. 238 Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Hollis.”
DIVERSITY IN CLASSROOM BOOKS — Staten Island Advance’s Annalise Knudson: “New York City education officials announced a new book list for students in kindergarten to 12th grade that includes more diverse and culturally responsive books. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) created the new book list that was compiled based on recommendations from students, parents/guardians, educators, and community members.”
COLUMBIA EXACERBATES ‘FOOD GENTRIFICATION’ IN WEST HARLEM — Aaron Mock for Food Tank: “West Harlem’s local food landscape is rapidly changing: upscale restaurants are replacing local restaurants, brick-and-mortar chains are moving in, and the cultural tastes of the community are evolving. Columbia University may play a role in the modification of the community’s tastes and preferences—a process known as food gentrification. ‘Food gentrification is a symptom of housing gentrification,’ says Nicholas Freudenberg, Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Food gentrification is the replacement of small, culturally-specific food establishments by pricier ones. Changes to the neighborhood’s food business environment can be the product of the community’s changing culinary preferences, driven by the palettes of wealthier residents moving into lower-income neighborhoods.”
ACROSS THE RIVER
SCHOOLS TO CLOSE FOR CORONAVIRUS PREPARATIONS — POLITICO’s Carly Sitrin: At least two dozen schools throughout New Jersey are closing for a part-day, full day or multiple days to begin preparations for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in their communities, the state Department of Education announced as the number of presumed cases in the state has risen to 11. The DOE is urging all school districts in the state to "plan and prepare" for possible school closures while ensuring "equitable access to instruction for all students." “Schools make their own decisions. They have their own policies around closures or dismissals," Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said at a press conference this afternoon.
NEW JERSEY STUDENT PROFILED BY SHERIFF’S OFFICE — The Appeal’s Roxanna Asgarian: “Soon after a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 18, 2018, a note warning of a ‘shooter in the building’ was found in a men’s bathroom at Newark Tech High School in New Jersey. Even though video footage showed ‘perhaps over 100’ students enter the bathroom where the note was found, officers from the Essex County sheriff’s office stormed the classroom of Imtaz Mohammed’s son and took the boy to the school office for questioning. Officer Allison Rooney allegedly ordered the boy to open his phone without reading him his Miranda rights.”
AROUND THE NATION
GI BILL FUNDING SUSPENDED FOR STUDENTS AT FIVE SCHOOLS — POLITICO’s Michael Stratford: The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday moved to suspend GI Bill funding for new student veterans at five universities with locations across 20 states, citing “sufficient evidence” of false or misleading advertising or enrollment practices at each of the schools. VA officials plan to suspend the payment of GI Bill education benefits for the enrollment of new students at the University of Phoenix, two schools owned by Career Education Corporation — Colorado Technical University and American InterContinental University — as well as Bellevue University based in Bellevue, Neb., and Temple University in Philadelphia.
AROUND THE WORLD
POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OF STUDENTS AT TORONTO SCHOOL TO CORONAVIRUS — CTV News: “Staff and students at an elementary school in Rosedale are being warned that they may have been exposed to an individual that has since tested positive for COVID-19. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa sent a letter to members of the Whitney Junior Public School community over the weekend, informing them that an individual with a confirmed case of the virus visited the building on March 4. The TDSB has said that the individual was not a staff member or student at the school, though their reason for being there has not been released.”
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