New York City’s New York School Clampdown has hit the public school system.
New York’s schools are closed on Saturday for the first time since 2012.
The city’s Public School Boards Association (PSBA) has said the closures are necessary because the district has failed to implement changes it had promised in an agreement with the state in 2016.
In a statement to the New York Post, PSBA chairwoman Barbara Miller said: “This is a great day for our students, families and families in the communities we serve.”
“The district has been working diligently to implement its vision for the future of the New School,” she added.
“We are confident that we will have a better, safer and more affordable school system for our district’s students by the end of this year.”
The closure is being blamed on a number of factors, including an increase in the number of suspensions in recent years, more and more children entering the system with disabilities, the school board saying that it has been unable to find enough teachers, and the city’s school nurse being understaffed.
In its statement, the New Jersey Department of Education said the schools closure is necessary to ensure the safety of students and staff.
“This is not the beginning of a closure,” said the department in a statement.
“The New York Public School System is in the midst of a comprehensive overhaul that will improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.”
New York State will continue to work with the PBA to develop and implement an alternative plan that includes measures to improve the safety and quality of school environments.
“There are a number schools open for the rest of the year and more than 100 schools are in open enrollment across New York state.
In the meantime, schools across New Jersey are open, including in Hoboken, Camden, Trenton, and Camden County.
There are still more closures expected, with more to come.
In New Jersey, the schools will reopen on February 18.