Sandra Santos-Vizcaino, who taught third grade at an elementary school in Brooklyn, is the first New York City school teacher reported to have died of COVID-19.
The New York City school system, the nation's largest with 1.1 million students, took the plunge into online education on Monday, joining districts around the U.S. in an unplanned, unprecedented test of virtual teaching during the coronavirus shutdowns.
COVID-19 has already turned the lights out on Broadway and shuttered big New York gathering spots from art museums to Carnegie Hall, but the mayor said shuttering schools could hamper the city's ability to respond to the crisis.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says public schools are a critical resource for families to keep the city running.
While many schools are closed across the country due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the New York City public school system remains open.
New York City has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far. City officials credit that in part to precautions put into place by the city, state and federal partners (such as at airports) in January.
A New York City education official was arrested in Wisconsin for allegedly using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, police say.
The Board of Education has banned processed meat from being served in public school cafeterias following a resolution by the New York City Council.
The pressure is on with just about a month to go until test day for the Specialized High School Admissions test, the lone entry exam for entry into the City's eight elite high schools.