New York City schools to close again as city fights virus

New York City schools to close again as city fights virus
FILE- In this Oct. 29, 2020, file photo, students at West Brooklyn Community High School listen to questions posed by their principal during a current events-trivia quiz and pizza party in the school's cafeteria in New York. Students, parents and teachers continued anxiously watching New York City's coronavirus test results as the latest figures Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, fell under the city's threshold for shutting down school buildings, but Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the city was at a "crucial" point in fighting the virus' resurgence. (AP Photo/Kathy Willen, File) (Source: Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor says he’s shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus.

It’s a painful about-face for one of the first big U.S. school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall.

The mayor and schools chancellor announced Wednesday that school buildings will close Thursday.

The city had said since summer that school buildings would close if 3% of all the coronavirus tests performed citywide over a seven-day period came back positive.

The mayor tweeted that the city has now hit that mark.

The city’s more than 1 million public school students will now be taught entirely online, as most already are.

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