The parents want social distancing in the schools, which could be impractical with children ….School administrators will have to work hard with teachers on this…
But if LI and NYC are at Phase 4 by August?
I don’t see how Cuomo is NOT gonna allow school openings…
The idea that a vaccine might in the picture has a problem…
25% of people in the area do NOT want to vaccinate….
Most Long Island and New York City residents would send their children back to school in the fall if there are social distancing measures in place, a new poll finds.
Yet as Long Island moves toward a possible second phase of reopening, and New York City toward a first, residents remain wary of patronizing restaurants and riding public transportation.
The poll, commissioned by Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital in Oceanside and released Wednesday morning, also found that less than half of residents would get a vaccine against the coronavirus if one is developed.
The poll was of 600 respondents who were interviewed May 11-14, with a margin of error of 3.9%. The schools questions were asked of the 135 people with children under 18.
The poll found that 52% of residents would send their children back to school in the fall only if there is social distancing and sanitizing, while 19% would allow them to attend school with no restrictions. Sixteen percent said they would not send their kids to school no matter what.
“I think there’s a yearning to return to normal, especially as it comes to kids going to school,” said Dr. Adhi Sharma, South Nassau’s chief medical officer.
Early data from countries that have reopened schools, with social distancing and other measures in place, don’t show evidence of widespread virus transmission as a result, he said.
Opposition to getting a vaccine has grown to 25%, from 14%, since a South Nassau poll in February — before there was a single New York coronavirus case. More than 24,000 New Yorkers have died of COVID-19 since.
“Unfortunately, there is still a strong anti-vaxxer movement,” said Dr. Aaron Glatt, chief of infectious diseases and chairman of medicine at South Nassau, referring to people who believe many types of vaccines are harmful, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary…..