In a decision he described as "extraordinarily painful," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that he is closing the city's public schools on Monday until at least April 20.
The mayor said the city would make every attempt to reopen schools at that point, but that it’s possible schools could remain closed for the rest of the school year.
As part of the school closings, de Blasio announced the following:
- Remote learning will begin on March 23
- There will be special sites created for children of crucial health care workers and first responders
- The city is working to supply technology to children who need it
- The city is working to provide meals to children who depend on school breakfasts and lunches. This week, schools will be open for grab-and-go meals.