On his second day of office, New York City mayor Eric Adams said parents should not fear sending their children back to school in the wake of the rising cases of Omicron in the Big Apple.
Adams said the safest place for children at the moment is the school.
“I say to them, fear not sending them back,” Adams said.
“The stats are clear. The safest place for children is inside a school,” Adams added.
He said to ensure the safety of children who are returning to school on Monday, they are going to identify exposed children and immediately remove them to avoid further infection at school.
“We’re going to remove them from that environment, and the numbers show the mere fact that a child is exposed in a classroom does not mean that entire classroom is exposed,” he said.
The Democratic mayor said he supports the idea of requiring students to be tested before they return to school but the approval of such a decision relies on New York governor Kathy Hochul.
To keep students safe from COVID, it was learned that nationwide, school districts were re-instituting mask requirements, ramping up testing, and preparing for the possibility of a return to remote learning.
It was further learned that in New York City, officials announced last week they would use 2 million state-provided, at-home test kits to increase testing following the break.
Moreover, students whose classmates test positive can keep coming to school as long as their at-home tests are negative and they don’t have symptoms.