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Meanwhile, in New York City, the country's largest school district, Chancellor Richard Carranza also beat back calls to close the city's schools after it closed two co-located schools in the Bronx when a student enrolled there reported to school officials that he tested positive for the virus – an investigation later found that he had not tested positive."There are three things we want to preserve at all cost," New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a press conference Thursday. "Our schools, our mass transit system and most importantly, our health care system."New York City Public Schools enrols more than 1.1 million children, 73% of whom are considered economically disadvantaged[ MORE: Coronavirus Forces SAT Cancellations ]"We are going to do our damndest to keep the schools open," he said. The decision hasn't sat well with some teachers and city council members, who took to social media to voice their opposition."It is time to close our public schools," Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City council, said on Twitter Friday morning. "Teaching and learning can not take place under these circumstances for the safety and well being of the teachers and students."The situation looked similar in Chicago as well, where Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued guidance banning groups of more than 250 people from meeting but schools in the country's third-largest school district remained open.


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday that Chicago Public Schools would remain open "at this time," adding that the school system would begin cancelling large-scale events and would issue guidance on short-term closures in the event of a case. "We would never put our children in danger."Members of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union were quick to criticize the decision, noting that a handful of the city's schools enrol more than a thousand children in one location. Union officials plan to meet Friday morning to address "growing concerns that CPS and the City of Chicago need to do more to protect the city's residents."

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As school closures pile up and are announced for longer periods of time than the one- or two-day cancellations that have made up the majority of closures thus far, Education Department officials said that they anticipate receiving increasingly complicated requests for waivers to release affected schools from certain federal requirements, like reporting chronic absenteeism rates or potentially not administering an annual end-of-year state exam. During a call with the Council of Chief State School Officers on Thursday, Education Department officials said they expect states to "make every reasonable effort" to administer annual tests but that they are open to considering one-year waivers. Education advocates seem to be most concerned with how the 22 million students who receive free breakfast and lunch at school will continue to receive those free meals. Some schools established grab-and-go style meals at specific locations throughout a district while others were still mulling delivery options. The Department of Agriculture gave Washington state and California the ability to provide meals on their summer schedules, and officials from the department said Thursday that it would approve within 24 hours any state or district that also wanted that option.

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Another equity issue being watched as more and more school closures are announced is access to the internet.[ MAP: Where in the World Is Coronavirus? A handful of schools have shifted or plan to shift to online learning, but most have not and will not give students' varying levels of access to technology and the internet – what education policy experts call the homework gap. About 12 million students lack internet access in their homes. Most schools and districts instead are sending students home with packets of work that cover two to three weeks worth of course material."We recognize this is an ever-evolving situation and that these agencies are working hard to issue guidance and provide answers as quickly as possible," Carissa Moffat Miller, Press Release Distribution Las Vegas Services the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, said in a statement after hearing from administration officials on Thursday. The Education Department on Thursday released long-awaited guidance for states, school districts and schools answering major concerns they've been hearing from school officials regarding the coronavirus. The guidance includes, for example, a nine-page Q&A regarding what responsibilities districts have for students with disabilities if they close their schools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also drafting specific guidance for schools, which is expected Friday."We are working closely with our inter-agency partners to provide state and local leaders with the information they need to ensure the health and safety of their students and educators," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "We will continue to work alongside them and provide them with the flexibilities they need in order to best support their communities."
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