NYC schools shift COVID response: No more ‘Situation Room’ or family letters about positive cases
New York City’s education department will “permanently close” the command center that collects reports of positive COVID cases among students and school staff, according to an email sent to principals on Tuesday.
Along with the Dec. 23 closure of the “Situation Room,” families will no longer receive the automatically generated email notifications about cases in their school communities, and schools will no longer have to send letters about positive cases, said the note in the weekly digest to principals.
“You will no longer be required to inform members of your school community of individual COVID-19 cases by letter,” the email said.
The change comes as COVID cases are on the rise, with a masked Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday holding his first COVID briefing in months. Flanked by the city’s top health officials, Adams warned of the “extremely challenging” moment the city is facing with the uptick of COVID, flu, and RSV.
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