New Rochelle schools halt in-person learning until at least Dec. 3
New Rochelle made the decision to halt in-person instruction starting Friday as COVID-19 cases spike again.
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put residents in parts of two ZIP codes, which cover the downtown section of the city, 10801 and 10805, in the yellow zone.
"I'm saying there's a problem in your backyard, New Rochelle. So, I hope this gets your attention. Because it's your community," said Cuomo.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson called the recent spike in cases a major setback.
He is cautioning all city residents to remain vigilant
"This is a reminder for all of us, whether we live inside the zone or outside of it that we have to act responsibly and observe public health guidelines," he said.
With part of the city in the yellow zone, New Rochelle school officials wasted no time in halting in-person learning in New Rochelle Public Schools until Dec. 3 at the earliest.
Dr. Alex Marrero, the district's acting superintendent, says closing the schools was not mandatory but necessary because if they remained open, they'd be required to give COVID-19 tests to 20% of the students a weekly- a herculean feat.