New York City schools closed for rest of year amid pandemic

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Apr 11, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City's public schools will be closed for the rest of the school year as the city struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The mayor made the announcement Saturday. Schools in the nation's largest public system have been closed since March 16. A massive effort to move instruction online has met with mixed success in the city.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo swiftly responded that the decision was his to make, not de Blasio's, and a decision has not been made.

Many low-income students lack Wi-Fi and devices for connecting to their virtual classrooms. Authorities in some other states including Virginia and Pennsylvania have previously announced that schools will be closed for the rest of the year.