Brooklyn principals ask de Blasio to delay in-person school

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- More than 30 Brooklyn principals have sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking them to delay in-person learning due in part to “completely inadequate” COVID-19 funding. 

In a letter dated Tuesday, 34 principals from District 15 wrote that it was “becoming abundantly clear that our schools cannot open safely and effectively on September 10th.” The letter was also addressed to Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza and and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but Cuomo's office on Wednesday said they hadn't received it.

“Many of us lived throughout outbreaks in our school communities last March and saw overloaded isolation rooms, nurses without face shields and PPE, and no central response for providing these for us,” they wrote. “We have windowless classrooms and ventilation systems that have not been updated in decades.” 

“The COVID-19 funding provided to schools is completely inadequate to address the challenges we face,” they added. “We empathize deeply with our teachers who are fearful of returning to classrooms.” 

The week starting Sept. 10 and ending Sept. 18 should be a week of “fully asynchronous instruction days so school staff can learn all new safety protocols, set up and inspect classrooms, train staff on trauma informed instruction, ensure promised building improvements have been addressed, and allow Building Response Teams to practice safety procedures,” the letter said. 

Schools should then have the option of “phasing in blended learning students” from Sept. 21 to Oct. 18, it added.