These 103 NYC public schools in COVID hotspots will close

A teacher works with students over Zoom in her classroom.
Schools in nine New York City ZIP codes will close due to rising coronavirus cases. (Michael Appleton / Mayoral Photography Office)

More than 100 city-run schools will close in New York City neighborhoods that are seeing a worrying spike in coronavirus cases

The closures begin Tuesday and span nine ZIP codes in Far Rockaway, Southern Brooklyn, and Central Queens. 

[Read more: Cuomo to close schools in coronavirus hotspots earlier than de Blasio had planned]

It’s unclear when the campuses might reopen. Mayor Bill de Blasio had said schools will remain closed for at least the next two weeks. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not confirm that time line, saying the threshold for returning to in-person learning must still be established.

About 212 private and charter schools are also affected, though some may have already been engaged in remote-only instruction since before the announced shutdowns. Another 100 sites are contracted with the education department to provide universal pre-K for 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds, or other subsidized child care programs.

The affected neighborhoods are Borough Park, Gravesend, Homecrest, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Mapleton, Flatlands, Gerritsen Beach, and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, and Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hill, and Pomonok in Queens. 

They include the following zip codes: 11691, 11219, 11223, 11230, 11204, 11210, 11229, 11415, 11367.

Education department officials have not yet released a list of community-run pre-K centers affected by the closures. This is a developing story and will be updated as Chalkbeat receives more information.

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