New York City Mayor Eric Adams refused to bow to pressure and close schools over Covid, reminding everyone it is ‚Äúcrucial to keep buildings open (despite the snow and surging virus) for students with working parents or w/ few other options for meals‚ÄĚ:
NYC school attendance plummeted to 44.5% today, not too far from @NYCMayor's 50% prediction this morning
Adams said it was crucial to keep buildings open (despite the snow and surging virus) for students with working parents or w/ few other options for meals
‚ÄĒ Alex Zimmerman (@AGZimmerman) January 7, 2022
We‚Äôre really getting to like this guy:
Teachers #unions continued political gamesmanship is facing backlash they didn‚Äôt experience last year.
‚ÄĒ Freedom Foundation (GETTR: @freedomfdtn) (@FreedomFdtn) January 8, 2022
But libs are really concerned about the number of infections. From TPM‚Äôs Josh Marshall:
So to give you a sense of how it‚Äôs going. My son‚Äôs NYC public high school had 30% attendance today.
‚ÄĒ Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 7, 2022
And he wants schools to close in response to the rising cases:
5/ Again it‚Äôs not even a school or no school thing. It‚Äôs brief closure vs COVID perseverance theater in the classroom.
‚ÄĒ Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 8, 2022
NBC‚Äôs Benjy Sarlin added, ‚Äúhere‚Äôs two conversations going on over whether the last 2 years of school policy made sense and what to do about the next 2 weeks with 1m+ cases daily and they really are being mixed too freely‚ÄĚ:
There‚Äôs two conversations going on over whether the last 2 years of school policy made sense and what to do about the next 2 weeks with 1m+ cases daily and they really are being mixed too freely https://t.co/u6sjQFpEnb
‚ÄĒ Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 8, 2022
MSNBC‚Äôs Chris Hayes is also on board and wants to close school for two weeks:
Yes, this was why I floated the idea of NYC schools just postponing two weeks!
‚ÄĒ Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 8, 2022
Just two weeks? Where have we heard that one before. . .
we're back to two weeks to slow the spread https://t.co/mPZA4imjXT
‚ÄĒ Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) January 8, 2022
Why should any parent trust the ‚Äúbrief closure‚ÄĚ BS?
"A brief closure" during the omicron wave might have been an easier sell if many of these same schools hadn't already been essentially closed for a year and a half, and if Zoom School hadn't already proven to be a total failure. https://t.co/4neJXDvtVn
‚ÄĒ Anthony L. Fisher (@anthonyLfisher) January 8, 2022
And the wealthy white liberals don‚Äôt seem to understand that there‚Äôs a 3rd conversation going on with parents who absolutely need the schools open no matter what. That‚Äôs the conversation the mayor is listening to:
Yesterday, I shared a message with our City workers thanking them for their hard work these past few years. Their grit and strength is legendary, and I saw it firsthand all morning long as we traveled the city to make sure the streets were clear and our schools were open. pic.twitter.com/uacvClC7xo
‚ÄĒ Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) January 7, 2022