Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to resist shutting down public schools, despite increasing pressure to do so amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News reports New York Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down Friday on his decision not to shut down public schools, despite increasing pressure to do so from teacher unions and other Democratic politicians.
“We shut down the school system, we might not see it for the rest of the school year. We might not see the beginning of the new school year. And that weighs heavily on me,” the mayor said, according to The New York Times.
Now, the teachers are fighting back.
NY Post reports New York City teachers are calling for a “mass sickout” on Wednesday in response to Mayor de Blasio’s insistence on keeping public schools open amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Twitter postings calling for the sickout started appearing Friday, with nervous teachers consulting colleagues about taking the drastic action to protect themselves and their families.
“We’ve talked about it,” one told The Post on Saturday, adding that his union chapter is holding a meeting on Monday to vote yes or not to join the sickout.
“Other teachers I know have said they will call out,” he said.
Each NYC teacher gets 10 days of paid “self-treated” sick leave without a doctor’s note.
In an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday, Mayor de Blasio stuck to his guns about keeping schools open.
Closure would cause “a cascading effect,” impacting the subways and hospitals because transit and health-care workers would stay home with kids, de Blasio said.
He also noted that hundreds of thousands of teenagers would be left unsupervised, and could be unsafe or get in trouble on the street.