ASTORIA – Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22, released the following statement on the New York City Schools system in relation to the uptick in COVID-19 cases:
“At this point it’s not a question of if New York City’s schools will close, but when. We knew this second spike was coming, so it’s inexcusable should we repeat the mistakes of March. Instead of rushing into a plan for full remote learning, the City must clearly, transparently develop a strategy to take as many students as possible fully online. The time for squabbling is over — our students, teachers, staff, parents and guardians deserve definitive answers.
“At the same time, we have to be conscious that some students must learn in person. We need a safe plan to make sure early age and District 75 students get the attention they need, while also keeping them and their teachers safe.
“Last, the Mayor’s Office must unlock the nearly $1 million we’ve allocated this budget year to Council District 22 schools. These funds will empower teachers to do their best job possible with reliable technology. Once the schools close, it could very well be for the bulk of this school year. Teachers deserve the infrastructure to make sure this isn’t a lost year for our children.”
Constantinides has called on the City to delay in-person learning for most grades, with the exception of 3-K, Pre-K, and District 75 schools.
The Council Member penned a letter to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza last month to ask them to release the technology funds.
Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on three additional committees: Sanitation, Resiliency, and Technology. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.