Barely a week since it opened, a city public school in East Harlem was ordered close due to a COVID-18 outbreak among its staffers.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer the Department of Education decided to close the school after 19 people tested positive as of Friday at P.S. 79 on East 120th Street.
In a tweet, Brewer said the school will be closed for 10 days until Sept. 28.
Sources reveal aside from the 19 “confirmed” cases, 45 others were quarantined all of whom consisting of the school staff.
“The health and safety of our school communities is our top priority, and we do not hesitate to intervene to stop the spread.
We follow stringent guidance from health experts to prevent any further transmission by quarantining close contacts, closing classrooms, and, if necessary, entire buildings.
Learning will continue during quarantine and we will provide the school resources and support to have a successful school year,” DOE rep Nathaniel Styer said in a statement.
P.S. 79 is part of District 75, which provides specialized services to students with disabilities.
P.S. 79 “serves over 250 students grades 7-12 […] mainly of learners with autism, intellectual disabilities, or multiple challenges.