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272 NYC school buildings closed over COVID-19 cases

272 NYC school buildings closed over COVID-19 cases
The schools were closed under a city policy that temporarily shutters schools when two or more COVID-19 cases are reported within seven days.

When the city school system shut down Wednesday afternoon for winter break, hundreds of buildings were already temporarily closed because of multiple COVID-19 cases, according to Education Department data.In-person classes are being offered by 878 Education Department schools.The 272 closed buildings include all three types of schools, but Education Department officials couldn’t immediately specify how many of the closures came from each group.“Public health officials do not find schools pose any greater risk of COVID-19 transmission to students and staff and has not been the source of any widespread outbreaks,” added Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot.

Officials have said the increase in temporary closures is a byproduct of keeping school buildings open amid higher levels of community spread.Most Read But the temporary closures, which often come with little notice, can be jarring for kids and staff yearning for stability — forcing parents to rearrange work schedules and teachers to switch up their lesson plans.

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