COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-08-10

Monday, August 10, 2020, NYC Mayor de Blasio - School Ventilation

Question: I wanted to ask you about ventilation. A lot of people still have questions about exactly how the DOE is going to be able to improve ventilation systems at schools. We know that hundreds need some sort of fixing or upkeep. How are you going to be able to do that in the next month and are you going to be releasing new inspection reports to prove to families and teachers that that work has been done?

Mayor: We're on a war footing here and everyone in the school building is working with extraordinary energy, including the custodial teams, School Construction Authority, everyone, to maximize health and safety in the building, and ventilation is absolutely a part of the puzzle here. There's a small number of classrooms that there's been some issues with. If the classroom is not ready, that classroom simply will not be used. We'll just segment it off and keep going until we do feel it's ready to go. But the bigger point is the focus on health and safety has been out there for months previous, the whole school team is working to improve every piece of the equation, including not just what we can do with ventilation systems, but one of the things that top medical folks have said, in good weather, open the windows. We will be doing that in classrooms to the maximum extent possible on top of other types of ventilation.
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