Although he said he wanted to sit down with the teachers’ union to discuss a temporary remote learning option amid the Omicron outbreak and low student attendance, Mayor Eric Adams said promised on Friday that public schools in the Big Apple would remain open.
“Schools aren’t closing,” Adams told reporters at an independent news conference in Queens. “Let’s be very clear on this.
“I’m just amazed that no one is congratulating us on what we’ve achieved,” he added. “It’s not Chicago. We work with the UFT,” the politically powerful teachers’ union.
United Federation of Teachers chief Michael Mulgrew has suggested in recent days that staffing shortages caused by a massive wave of illnesses brought on by the hyper-contagious but far less deadly variant of Omicron could eventually force a return to the distance learning.
However, Schools Chancellor David Banks said it would take months to get an improved distance learning system back into operation.