For John, BLUF: As you think about this major fail in our largest City, remember that just weeks ago the Mayor, Bill de Blasio, was a front runner for the Democratic nomination for President. We dodged a bullet. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The New York Post, by Reporter Susan Edelman, 21 March 2020.
Here is the lede plus six:
One after another, sick Brooklyn Technical High School teachers called union chapter leader Nate Bonheimer last week, to tell him they’d tested positive for COVID-19.This speaks for itself. I figure there must be some Latin phrase for this, and sure enough, there is—Res Ipsa Loquitur.
By Friday, five of them had shared the devastating news. But after being notified about each one, the city Department of Education still ordered the 6,000-student school’s 350 staffers to show up for work last week, saying the building had been cleaned.
“The DOE did not close the school for any of the cases,” said Bonheimer, who worries that inaction exposed others to the dreaded infection.
The city failed to follow a March 9 directive by the state Education Department that “requires an initial 24-hour closure, in order to begin an investigation to determine the contacts that the individual may have had within the school environment.”
DOE did not attempt to identify close contacts, Bonheimer said. “They did not alert the people who needed to know the most to protect themselves, their families and everyone else they came into contact with.”
One infected teacher was so torn by the secrecy he took it upon himself to personally let all his students know his condition.
Around the city, teachers and administrators are outraged that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza resisted a drum beat to close the public schools in the name of safety.
Some renamed the coronavirus “Carranzavirus.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff