The Education Trust–New York releases statement on schools remaining closed for remainder of school year

by | May 1, 2020 | Statements

The following statement can be attributed to Ian Rosenblum, Executive Director of The Education Trust–New York: 

“Ensuring that students and families remain safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic is paramount, and we understand the need to therefore keep school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year. We also know that school closures do the most harm to vulnerable students, including students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and other students who were too often underserved by our education system in so-called ‘normal’ times. That is why it is so important that schools maximize the remainder of this school year, while also preparing now for extended learning time and other intensive academic and social-emotional support for the summer months – if possible due to the pandemic – and for next school year. The state has a vital role in ensuring that educational equity drives how schools and school districts respond to this crisis, and that they have the resources and capacity to support all students through these difficult times.”