The ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is indeed a struggle. But much more struggling is the balance and order that has left people in frenzy and chaos. School sectors have long been functioning through online platforms, depriving students of the exposure that offline classes provide. A group of NYC parents, with parent activist Natalya Murakhver at the helm, and filed a crowdfunded lawsuit to reopen schools for children, on Wednesday. More than two dozen NYC parents have clubbed together approximately $30,000 to file the preliminary injunction against parties concerned including the Department of Education, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter, according to New York Post.
The proponents argue that the continued disruption of full-time schooling proves to be a crisis for high achievers and students who fails to maintain consistency and leads them even towards the brink of suicide. The suit seeks the judge to ensure immediate action is taken towards the reopening of full-time in-person learning. The suit which has been crowdfunded also addresses personal accounts of various parents who state that their children have become increasingly disinterested, isolated, and suicidal.
NYC parents started a GoFundMe campaign to legally push this concern way back on April 10th, which pooled in $20,000 at the time. Natalya Murakhver stated that the campaign started after striking rallies and other measures which posed to be meaningless efforts.
The teacher’s union didn’t much welcome this concern, where its union boss Michael Mulgrew had then resisted overthrowing Covid-19 rules and exposing the children to danger. He stated that children presently constitute for 2/3rd of new cases, and in that light coronavirus has not been subdued to a point where things can move towards normality. Later he supported the Mayor’s order to close down the school if four or more positive cases were reported.