Meng Issues Statement Regarding New York City’s Plans to Reopen School Buildings

Aug 12, 2020
Press Release
QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today issued the following statement regarding New York City’s plans to reopen school buildings.
 
“As the mother of two children who attend New York City public schools, I know firsthand how critical it is to ensure the health and safety of our students. Nothing is more important than keeping our kids out of harm’s way, particularly with respect to COVID-19.
 
I have heard deep concerns from both teachers and parents that safety plans for reopening lack specifics, and that needed resources such as PPE, testing protocols, and equipment for ventilation and cleaning have not yet been made available.
 
Let me be clear: New York City must do everything humanly possible to protect our students and teachers, and ensure that all safeguards are in place before any in-person classes resume.
 
New York City teachers have been unsung heroes of this pandemic. As the coronavirus wreaked havoc on our region, they worked through very difficult and challenging circumstances. They entered uncharted territory to set-up and teach in virtual classrooms, and made sure that students were still able to learn. We cannot put them or our children in jeopardy. They and parents must feel safe, and know that all the safety standards they demand are being met. Anything less is unacceptable.
 
I stand in solidarity with teachers, school employees and parents in fighting to protect our children.”