- School attendance on Friday 68%, down from 85% on Thursday as parents who can keep kids home. Schools to remain open for now, deemed critical to allow healthcare and transit workers to work.
- Brooklyn College Academy school and four Brooklyn Occupational Centers close today over self-reported positive coronavirus cases. Brooklyn Occupational Center serves students who are medically fragile, and a teacher has self-reported a positive case. The city is closing all four program locations and will immediately clean and disinfect the sites. Families will be notified in advance of reopening.
- Brooklyn College Closed:
COVID-19: Brooklyn College CLOSED, Friday, March 13
A member of the Brooklyn College community tested positive for the coronavirus this evening. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors should NOT come to campus.
— Brooklyn College (@BklynCollege411) March 13, 2020
- NYS will immediately waive the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance for people who have been laid off due to virus, Governor Cuomo announces.
- Utilities directed not to cut service to any person who hasn’t paid their bill as a result of the #Coronavirus situation.
- NYCHA to stop evictions and increase cleaning:
.@NYCHA leadership has been working closely with our government partners to ensure our approach and plans are thorough and responsive to a changing environment. See below the official statement from @NYCHA Chair & CEO Greg Russ. pic.twitter.com/bfvB4NnMLi
— NYCHA (@NYCHA) March 13, 2020
- Attendance was down at all public schools yesterday. If you can and decide to keep your child home, you need to inform the school and they will mark them with a special code so it does not count against attendance. Anecdotal reports today of many schools at 50% attendance.
- Success Academy Charter Schools close, move to remote learning.
- Chair of the City Council’s Education Committee Mark Treyger is calling to adopt contingency plans, keep your kids home if you can. We spoke to him last night about why.
Time to adopt contingency plans for school shutdowns. Open few select sites in each borough to reduce system density, transport kids via school buses, medical care & meals for vulnerable students & prioritize care for kids of healthcare professionals & emergency first responders
— Mark Treyger (@MarkTreyger718) March 13, 2020
- Residents across the city are emptying shelves at all local groceries. Park Slope Food Coop has had a line out the door for days now.
- Advocates call for eviction moratoriums.
- Families at two schools in Brooklyn — PS 107 in Park Slope and Abraham Lincoln High School near Brighton Beach — are questioning why parents who tested positive for COVID-19 didn’t trigger the closure of their building.
- If you’ve already submitted your child’s pre-K application, you’re all set! Haven’t applied yet to pre-K? The deadline to submit your child’s pre-K application is Monday, March 16. You can use MySchools to find pre-K options for your child’s application. Want to learn more about pre-K admissions? Visit DOE website.
Community Board 2 cancels all committee meeting for the remainder of March
- New York Public Library closes till further notice.
- Catholics excused from mass till further notice.
- Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) suspends all live events through March 29, BAM Rose Cinemas will operate at 50% capacity
- No new jury trials in NY state courts. Jury selection halted. No new grand juries. No new jurors will be summoned. Some trials will proceed.
- REBNY pledges not to evict for the next 3 months:
REBNY, the group that represents landlords in New York, pledged to not execute any eviction warrants for the next THREE MONTHS in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
— Josefa Velásquez (@J__Velasquez) March 13, 2020