Several schools in Staten Island have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19 infection.
Susan Wagner and PS 48 High Schools were both ordered to close after two or more people in each school tested positive for coronavirus within seven days.
“While New Yorkers have done a great job fighting the virus, resulting in extremely low rates of infection across the city, COVID-19 is still active in our city, state and country, ”Read a note on the PS 48 website.“ There will be cases of COVID-19 infections this school year; We know this and all of our protocols serve to fight this virus. “
Each school will be closed for 24 hours while the city conducts an investigation and buildings are cleared.
Students will switch to distance learning.
The Education Department is conducting random testing of students and teachers in all schools in the city to help prevent coronavirus outbreaks.
To reassure parents that city classrooms are safe, Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Principal Richard Carranza emphasized minimum infection rates in schools.