NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s schools reopened on Tuesday after more than a week of closures due to a coronavirus outbreak, but teachers were told to stay home and families were urged to stay at home, as parents were told of the possibility of a return to work on Thursday.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the schools reopened to families and students who have been staying at home were being turned away.
A spokesman for the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the New York Public School District is still monitoring the spread of the coronaviruses coronaviral and respiratory diseases.
He declined to release any more information about the district’s planned return to operation.
Parents in the city were told they can come home on Thursday or Friday, and that their children could attend any day of the week, but that there was no set time or location for families.
“This is a big day for families and their children and it is important that they know that there is a safe haven for them in their homes and schools,” said Lisa Kiely, a spokeswoman for the union.
The state health department has not officially confirmed that there are more cases of coronavira, or coronavirence, in New York.
The New York Department of Education said on Friday that it is not in a position to confirm the number of confirmed cases.
“The district has worked closely with the state to prepare for the possibility that more cases will be confirmed and for the public to be aware of the fact that the district is working with state and local health officials to assess the spread and any associated risks,” the school district said in a statement.
“As a precaution, the district has opened schools, including Lincoln Elementary School, to the public on Thursday and Friday,” the district said.
In addition, some city schools, some with large populations, were closed on Monday.
A school bus carrying students from Lincoln Elementary to Manhattan was also diverted, according to the district.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)