Dorothy Chan, a senior at Brooklyn Tech, said the most recent email from the administration cited 85 new cases among the school community. Brooklyn Tech is one of the biggest high schools in America with 5,921 students enrolled last year, and Chan pointed out the student body takes mass transit from across the city to get to school.

“We have students that come from all five boroughs. And we also take many different types of public transport. And there’s also no social distancing in our classrooms, or staircases or hallways, and there are a lot of different avenues that COVID can transmit between students, and it’s ultimately not a safe place for students to be,” Chan said.

On January 10th, the city reported 11,825 cases among students, or about 1.2% of the 930,000-person student body. There were 2,298 cases among staff reported.

“I have asthma and other medical conditions and so do the people in my household as well,” said Lauren, a 15-year-old sophomore at University Neighborhood High School in Lower Manhattan where 30-40 students walked out.

Lauren, who didn’t want to give her last name, said classrooms are “semi-empty” at the school. “We kept getting Covid alerts, first 11, then 28, and the numbers keep growing,” she said. “It’s very scary not seeing the teachers that I’m close to.”

Sarah said without enough staff, she’s not learning at all: “I think that my education right now … it’s not really being prioritized,” she said. “We’re prioritizing just having schools open and coming to school, whereas teachers aren’t really able to provide a full day of instruction to a half class of students. That’s not what’s happening.”

She added, “I think it’d be better if we could go remote. If we go remote, then everybody can get the same education safely from their home. I understand it’s an issue with childcare for younger ones. But I think it’s just something that we have to get around.”

In an interview last week, Mayor Eric Adams remained firm on keeping schools open, pointing out that many students may be “in communities where they don’t have high speed broadband Wi-Fi, where they can’t go online and get the education they need.”

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