As parents wait to hear from the city and state over when public schools will reopen amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a mea culpa at a news conference on Wednesday, admitting he should have crafted a reopening redux plan before shutting down the entire school system last week.
De Blasio said he was so focused on keeping schools open that he wasn’t prepared with a reopening plan if he was forced to close them again.
“I have to hold myself responsible. The better situation would have been clearly to have that plan all worked through in advance. And I think what really happened was, as with everything COVID, we had a moving target,” de Blasio said on Wednesday, referencing the COVID-19 seven-day positivity rate that triggered school closures last Wednesday.”