Lengthy Island Officers Say Faculties Are Not Contributing To Second Wave Of COVID-19 Unfold – CBS New York
MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – Long Island has the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases since it reopened in May.
However, students who attended classes in person were not part of the spread, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday.
Long Island is still above 3% in recent daily positive coronavirus tests, but health officials say schools are still safe.
“The return to school was an incredible success. About 99% of personal school days have passed, ”said Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Nassau County Health Commissioner.
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Long Island districts spent more on COVID-related expenses – teachers, transportation, personal protective equipment (PPE) – than any other region in the state.
“As the district manager, I’ll do everything I can to keep our schools open,” said Laura Curran, Nassau district manager. “Our contact tracers determined that school buildings weren’t a major transmission vector.”
The spread has only been attributed to students when they have socialized off-campus, health officials said.
“The problem is, when they leave school, there is a lack of discipline. I think our parents need to have more supervision, ”said the superintendent of the BOCES schools in Nassau, Dr. Robert Dillon.
And districts, many of them in less affluent areas, are under pressure to provide computers and laptops now. It’s November and many are still fighting.
“We came to get our laptops. They never gave it to us, ”said one student. “We don’t learn.”
“It’s sad because our children are losing the valuable education they need,” said one parent.
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Some parents do not want distance learning or obstacles like computer scarcity to cause their children to abandon public education.
Dr. Michael Nagler, the superintendent of Mineola Public Schools, said he and his colleagues on Long Island see other major challenges.
“Children do not have access to high quality broadband and can have all the devices they want. If you can’t sign in and download at a reliable speed, you are at a disadvantage, ”said Nagler.
Districts without laptops claim it is a supply and demand issue and the digital divide in our country and region will not be resolved anytime soon.
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